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Stringing Together a Nation,9780822332497

Stringing Together a Nation

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/1/2004
Publisher(s): Duke Univ Pr
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Summary

"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 Ironically, the telegraph lines he built, like his Positivist ideological beacon, were both out of date by the time he completed his work."--Thomas Holloway, University of California, Davis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

Illustrations
vii
Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1(8)
Stringing Together a People and a Place
9(10)
Building the Lonely Line, 1907-1915
19(34)
Working and Living on the Lonely Line
53(26)
The Power of Positivism
79(22)
Living with Others on the Lonely Line
101(30)
Selling a Person and a Product: Public Relations and the Rondon Telegraph Commission
131(24)
The Legacy of the Lonely Line
155(8)
Notes 163(44)
Bibliography 207(18)
Index 225

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