"> Name: Esteban Echeverria, Argentine poet and writer

Date:  1800 - 1850

Location:  South America

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: Esteban Echeverria

Confronting Bodies: Argentine government

Date of Action: 1830s-1840s

Specific Location: Argentina

Description of Artwork: Echeverria is known for his critiques of the Argentine dictatorship ruled by Juan Manuel Rosas. His poem, "Dogma Socialista" shows concern for democracy in Argentina. In his novella, "El Matadero" (The Slaughterhouse), the noisome conditions of the slaughterhouse represent the brutality of the Rosas government.

Description of Incident: Echeverria founded the Association of the Young Argentine Generation to encourage liberalism and romanticism in creative writing. Many of the group's, including Echeverria's, writings were written in the magazine "La Moda." "La Moda" was closed by Rosas's government and Echeverria was exiled.

Results of Incident: Rosas exiled many liberal Argentine writers. Echeverria and other writers continued to write literature critical of the Argentine government from Uruguay and Chile.

Source: Censorship, A World Encyclopedia, ed. D. Jones

Submitted By: NCAC

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