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Stringing Together a Nation,9780822332497

Stringing Together a Nation

Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/1/2004
Publisher(s): Duke Univ Pr
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"This amazing story of dedication and persistence elucidates the life project of one of Brazil's major figures of the early twentieth century. Rondon persevered against politicians in Rio as much as against the natural challenges of Brazil's vast interior, stoically suffering the demands of safari-loving Theodore Roosevelt in the meantime. Ironically, the telegraph lines he built, like his Positivist ideological beacon, were both out of date by the time he completed his work."--Thomas Holloway, University of California, Davis

Author Biography

Todd Diacon is the Head of the History Department at the University of Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(8)
Stringing Together a People and a Place
Building the Lonely Line, 1907-1915
Working and Living on the Lonely Line
The Power of Positivism
Living with Others on the Lonely Line
Selling a Person and a Product: Public Relations and the Rondon Telegraph Commission
The Legacy of the Lonely Line
Notes 163(44)
Bibliography 207(18)
Index 225

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