Thesis: Her experience as a member of the lower class who overcame poverty and her belief in bringing justice to the poor made everything that she did for the people of Argentina possible.
'Mi vida por Peron!' ('My life for Peron!') [Evita]
cried a thousand times before the roaring crowds, and
then she died. There are parallels that could be
drawn between her life and the lives of other
obsessively ambitious women who have forced their way
through poverty and fame.but instead popular memory
finds parallels between Evita's life and the lives of
the saints, because she did it all for someone else.
From Colonel Juan Peron's election in 1946 until her death from cancer
in 1952, Eva Duarte de Peron greatly altered the lives of the Argentine
people. Knowing from her childhood what it was like to belong to the
lower class population of Argentina, she felt she had the inside
connection to making conditions better for her "descamisados," or
"shirtless ones." Her experience as a member of the lower class who
overcame poverty and her belief in bringing justice to the poor made
everything she did for the people of Argentina possible.
Social injustice was everywhere in Argentina. It was too much for Eva
to bear, so she decided to take action (Peron 12). Eva Duarte met her
opportunity to work for the government when an earthquake destroyed most
of the city of San Juan on January 15, 1944. She helped take
collections for the needy (To Be I). Later, she chose to work in the
Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare. In this department she was
able to meet many people and hear all of their stories and problems
(Peron 71). She was especially interested in the lower class, the
working class of Argentines. Coming from a family among the working
class, she knew what they were going through. She had a special
understanding of the working class and felt comfortable working with
them to improve their situation (79). Eva considered each worker that
came into her office a friend, and she was a loyal friend to each of
them (81). In all of this, her main purpose was to give justice to the
In 1945 she married Colonel Juan Peron, who became Argentina's president
in 1946 (Taylor 39). Eva helped him a great d...
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...ood education. She gave Argentine
women the right to vote and a place to go while beginning their career.
She gave the orphans a home and the elderly a place to retire. All of
these things she did without expecting anything in return. The only
thing she desired was the love of her people and of Peron.
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