By Andrew J. Kirkendall
A local of Brazil's impoverished northeast, Freire constructed grownup literacy education innovations that concerned consciousness-raising, encouraging peasants and newly city peoples to determine themselves as lively electorate who may possibly remodel their very own lives. Freire's paintings for nation and nationwide govt companies in Brazil within the early Sixties finally aroused the suspicion of the Brazilian army, in addition to of U.S. govt reduction courses. Political pressures resulted in Freire's short imprisonment, following the army coup of 1964, after which to greater than a decade and a part in exile. in this interval, Freire persisted his paintings in Chile, Nicaragua, and postindependence African international locations, in addition to in Geneva with the realm Council of church buildings and within the usa at Harvard college.
Andrew J. Kirkendall's evenhanded appraisal of Freire's pioneering existence and paintings, which is still influential this day, offers new views at the heritage of the chilly struggle, the meanings of radicalism, and the evolution of the Left in Latin America.