Linking the Revolution to Today Edit
The Brazilian Revolution of 1889 strongly influenced the way that the country is currently. This significant event in the country's history has continued to influence the political, social, and economic issues today. First, the revolution changed Brazilian politics in a major way. For example, during the revolution the Liberals that were kicked out of the government formed the Republican Party. They then overthrew the current government and caused the country to become a republic with their new party ruling. If they had never done this, Brazil could still be under the rule of a king and the citizens would not have any power at all. Because of this revolution, Brazil is still a republic today and its citizens can vote and are given more rights than they had before these political changes in the revolution. Also, when the revolution caused the government to change to a republic, the divisions of the country were called states as they still are today. Today Brazil has twenty six states and one federal district in result of the republic making that change in divisions.
Next, the Brazilian Revolution influenced the social aspect in Brazil. Because of the change in government and the moral boost of the citizens. The country now works in a more orderly fashion and can get a lot more done. For example, Brazil works with The Unified Health System which is a system that provides money for some patients hospitalization and more. Brazil is now a safer place for any type of person living there. The social aspect of Brazil is also flourishing because education is offered freely at all levels which will help with further problems the country might ever endure. At one point the literacy rate was noticeable low, where as now people have the chance to learn and be educated. The country also set a National Policy on Basic Education that sets guidelines and goals for schools. Clearly, the unity that came from after the revolution in Brazil helped the country grow and improve their social aspects.
Lastly, the revolution changed the economic state of Brazil. Today, the economy is on the rise and is very successful. An article by Legal Language Services states that, "Brazil and the United States have the two largest populations and economies in the Western Hemisphere. The two countries have an ongoing relationship dating all the way back to 1824, when the United States was the first country to recognize Brazil's independence." You can see that during the revolution, staying close to the United States was a good idea because it helped our country to be close to an economically stable one that is very influential in the markets. Without a doubt, the Brazilian Revolution has strongly influenced the way that Brazil is currently socially, politically, and economically, even two hundred years later.
Revolution Questions TodayEdit
What are the most pressing issues in your country today?
In Brazil Issues range from social to environmental. In the large cities of Brazil including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, one third of the population lives in favelas or slums. Also in these major cities, the level of criminal activity, like homicides and robberies, is high. Also, deforestation is harming Brazil’s wildlife.
What are the immediate causes of these issues?
There was an economic crisis during the 1990’s that made many Brazilian’s impoverished. The Brazilians had to be bailed out of their situation and consequentially they are focusing on repaying debt now with little time for focusing on the poor. The deforestation was caused by cattle ranchers and loggers that were moved to the Amazon during military rule in 1970.
What are the long term causes of these issues?
There has always been a social gap between the upper and lower class citizens in Brazil, back in 1889 the revolution created a parliamentary republic and removed a monarch from office. Unfortunately the republic that they had in mind turned out to be a corrupt oligarchy that maintained the gap between the rich and the poor. These issues are being reflected in present day Brazil where one third of the city population is below poverty level.
Can you attribute any of these issues to unresolved problems after the revolution? Why or why not?
These problems relate directly to the unresolved problems after the revolution as I said previously, the fact that representation of the lower class didn’t increase to the desired amount caused the poor to suffer even today.
To sum the whole Brazilan revolution up, Brazil's economy was hurt for about 10 years after the monarchy was kicked out. This was expected becasue Brazil's trade in 1875 was $71 million dollars, and most of this was from the coffee trade. Brazi's trading steadily decreased without slavery, but since most of the other world is now without slaves at this time, Brazil was able to overcome it. Brazil now didn't have some of the population hating their country, because they were brutally being forced to work for no money just to benifet the rich population. After slavery was abolished, the former slaves were willing to cooperate with the new government and dedicate the rest of their lives towards helping the government by working with a dedicated passion. Also, the governemtn is now in a much better place with a republic and not a monarchy, giving the people much more rights in how they want to live their life. In the long run, the Brazilan revolution was a great act by the commoners to overthrow the monarchic government becasue the government is in a much better place in present time than it was during the late 1800s.
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