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Life of Eva Peron

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Transcript of Life of Eva Peron

Childhood/Family Facts
Born May 7, 1919 in Los Toldos, Argentina (Argentina is located along the Chilean border/Andes Mountains -West, the Atlantic Ocean - East)
Father Juan Durante an agricultural estate manager/ Mother Juana Ibarguren (father's mistress) - illegitimate child
Poor
Little formal education
Nickname "Evita"
(Biography Reference Center)
Interests/Hobbies:
Evita loved reciting poetry, which helped her to become a public speaker
At 16 she migrated to Buenos Aires, Argentina
Her voice was soft, but distinctive
She worked for small theater companies since she loved show business
In 1940, she landed a job as an actress on a radio soap opera
(Biography Reference Center)
Significant Events/Experiences:
From Show Business To Politics
Eva met Colonel Juan Domingo Peron when she performed at a relief effort for earthquake victims (January 15, 1944 - earthquake struck northeastern town of San Juan killing 10,000 people)
Juan Peron became the minister of labor and social welfare and Eva spoke on his behalf on the radio. She was a symbol of the poor overcoming adversity
Juan Peron became vice president and minister of war. Eva spoke on his behalf and became head of the union of radio employees
Juan Peron married Eva and became President of Argentina. Eva cemented the ties to Juan and the working class
(Biography Reference Center)
Time Frame: Argentina during 1920's-1950's
(CultureGrams)
1930 Argentina was run by a military coup (revolted against the government)
1943 Colonel Juan Domingo Peron rose to power - strengthened labor unions
1949 Peron modified the constitution to increase his powers
1956 Military leaders overthrew Peron
She was Latin America's first true political leader for the poor, working class, women, children, & the elderly
When she died, Argentina was led by brutal military regimes / trade unions were frozen
Her life inspired a musical and motion picture called "Evita"
Her contributions were strongly connected to the political and social environment
(Biography Reference Center)
Contribution to Society: Eva's Legacy
Similarities Between
Eva Peron & Myself
Personality Characteristics Shared
: thoughtful, considerate of others, caring
Eva worked to help others less fortunate and I volunteer at my school and church
We both have a strong work ethic and have overcome obstacles in our lives
We both support and stand by the people we love - family values
Eva's Contribution To Argentina
Eva did not emigrate to another country, but stayed in Argentina to help the poor
The Eva Peron foundation dispersed food, clothing, and medicine to the needy. She helped to build schools and hospitals in poor districts.
She advocated for women's rights. In 1947, women were given the right to vote.
Her efforts to improve the conditions of the poor were influence by the social environment
(Biography Reference Center)
Works Cited
Political Climate
Social Climate
During Eva's lifetime there was a constant struggle between the working class and the capitalists and landowners
Wealthy Argentines lived on huge ranches or in mansions
Poor workers lived on small farms or in slums
Economic Climate
Juan Peron with the help of Eva improved the life of Argentine workers (higher wages, medical care)
During Peron's presidency , the economy was mismanaged, which resulted in food shortages and inflation
Foreign investors stayed away from Argentina
May 7, 1919 - July 26, 1952

Eva Peron
Emigration
Personal Transformations & Contributions:
Eva did not emigrate to another country
She became the spokesperson to advocate or fight for causes she believed in: women's rights and improving the lives of the poor
Was the 'unofficial' Minister of Health & Labor while her husband was Argentinian President (Juan Peron)
(Biography Reference Center)
Pino, Julio César, and Pino Julio César. "Eva Perón." Great Lives From History: The Twentieth Century (2008): 1. Biography Reference Center. Web. 2 Oct. 2013.
"Argentina." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2013. Web. 2 Oct 2013.
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