by A. Carneiro Leao - 1935
Brazil as a nation has had little of the organizing spirit. This characteristic is due to the people who colonized it and the conditions of colonization. The Portuguese were never an associative people. Their social psychology tended toward individualism and they were accustomed to look to the government for everything. They hardly knew the value of cooperative action among individuals. Their constructive work was, as a general rule, that of the public authority. It was exceptional if an individual had any knowledge of his value apart from the machine of State. This attitude was at its height during the period of the colonization of Brazil.
To view the full-text for this article you must be signed-in with the appropriate membership. Please review your options below: