Brazil: A History of Change

Brazil is the largest country in South America and plays an increasingly important role in the world, yet for many it remains an exotic, far away place. Brazil: A History of Change draws students into an often surprising and overlooked history. Like the United States, Brazil was colonized, gained its independence, and eventually overshadowed its colonizer. Like the United States, Brazil is a country of immigrants with a history of slavery that shaped its growth and affects it to the present day. Brazil: A History of Change helps students see Brazil as a unique, dynamic country with an important history, diverse culture, and its own path of development.


Part II: The Brazilian Republic

1984: Direct Elections Now!

Part III: Brazilians Reclaim Democracy

Film Analysis: Repression and Resistance During Military Rule

Lesson: Racial Identity in Brazil

The Options Role Play

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