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Moving Forward Why is it that the majority of societies have some predetermined notion of where they want to end up in the near but not immediate future Most upon hearing this query would instantaneously retort it is obviously part of human character for man to endeavor to better himself This drive to become more and more civilized they would say is what has made the United States the powerful force that it is today Is this notion more popular among certain social and economic groups however Or is it that different social and economic groups have differing opinions of where they would like to see themselves And what happens when the conflicting opinions of two groups who are intricately dependent on one another do not happen to coincide And finally can a unified and strong state emerge from the melee of such a complicated and ongoing struggle Teresa Meade in her book Civilizing Rio does a fantastic job of answering the first three of these questions using Rio de Janeiro Brazil from 1889 to 1930 as her subject matter Ultimately she endeavors to portray the history of Rio de Janeiro from two very different points of view These two points of view are the aforementioned conflicting groups the elite and then the rest of the population The goal Teresa has in mind for doing this is to provide the reader with a better understanding of why there was such internal strife in Rio de Janeiro during the years 1889-1930 She in a very organized manner lays before the reader the events and situations which befell the working and poorer classes at the hands of the elite Then after the groundwork has been formed Teresa Meade goes on to explain the General Strike which is the culmination of all the negative factors acting against the lower classes Finally she draws her own conclusions the riots and violence in Rio de Janeiro and whether or
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