Domingo Faustino Sarmiento
Domingo Faustino Sarmiento was an Argentine activist, intellectual, writer, statesman and the seventh President of Argentina. He was born on February 15, 1811, and died on September 11, 1888. Sarmiento is best known for his work 'Facundo' or 'Civilization and Barbarism' and for his contributions to education and culture in Argentina. He was a prominent figure in the development of the Argentine nation, advocating for social reforms, including education for children and rights for women. His presidency was marked by efforts to modernize and develop Argentina's infrastructure and educational system.
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"Facundo" is a socio-political critique and historical account of Argentina during the first half of the 19th century. The book examines the life of the gaucho, Facundo Quiroga, who becomes a powerful and ruthless warlord, illustrating the destructive effects of caudillismo (military dictatorship) on society. The author uses Quiroga's life to delve into broader themes such as the struggle between civilization and barbarism, the need for education, and the dangers of unchecked political power.