Thomas Jefferson on indigence in Spanish America : the power of the Republican ideal

Vajda Zoltán: Thomas Jefferson on indigence in Spanish America : the power of the Republican ideal. In: Acta hispanica. pp. 25-34. (2020)

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As has been amply documented, Thomas Jefferson expressed a sincere interest in the peoples of Spanish America with the waning of colonial rule in the early nineteenth century. I argue in this paper that a substantial portion of his vision was comprised by implying Spanish American societies as ones defined through poverty. His understanding of indigence among peoples of the region was not simply confined to describing their economic condition, but was linked to a moral-political vision with the problem of independence as the major issue related economic poverty. I also contend, at the same time, that Jefferson in fact articulated his hope that Spanish American nations would be able to develop a republican structure of government, made possible by the special economic situation of the Western hemisphere, thus also implying the chance of tackling poverty there.

Item Type: Article
Heading title: Historia y antropología : estudios históricos
Journal or Publication Title: Acta hispanica
Date: 2020
ISSN: 1416-7263
Page Range: pp. 25-34
Language: English
Publisher: Universidad de Szeged, Departamento de Estudios Hispánicos
Place of Publication: Szeged
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DOI: 10.14232/actahisp.2020.0.25-34
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thomas Jefferson, Republikanizmus, Latin-Amerika története - 18-19. sz.
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: p. 33-34. ; összefoglalás angol nyelven
Subjects: 06. Humanities
06. Humanities > 06.01. History and archaeology
Date Deposited: 2020. Dec. 09. 08:54
Last Modified: 2022. Jul. 20. 11:22

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