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The Socialist ImpulseLatin America in the Twentieth Century$
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Charles D. Ameringer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033099

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033099.001.0001

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Venezuela

Venezuela

Democratic Action

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(p.122) (p.123) 10 Venezuela
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The Socialist Impulse
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Charles D. Ameringer

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033099.003.0011

This chapter discusses the democratic action in Venezuela. The social democratic movement in the country originated with a handful of youths, called the Generation of '28, who were classmates in the Central University of Venezuela. Most of these students grew up to lead the nation, but it was Raúl Leoni, Jóvito Villalba, and Rómulo Betancourt who spoke against the Gómez regime and the government. Villalba and Betancourt were jailed for their actions, and were soon exiled by other youths, including Leoni, Gonzalo Barrios, and Montilla. Nevertheless, Leoni and Betancourt became presidents of Venezuela, the latter credited as setting the country on a gradual march towards socialism and gaining the apparent approval of the United States.

Keywords:   democratic action, Venezuela, social democratic, Generation of '28, Gómez regime, socialism, Raúl Leoni, Rómulo Betancourt

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