Deodoro and Bolsonaro: Frenemies of the Republic

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President Bolsonaro. Photo: José Dias/PR

On November 15, 1889, the Brazilian Armed Forces put an end to the reign of Emperor Dom Pedro II—and with that, the monarchical system that had prevailed since the one-time colony broke away from Portugal in 1822. For a country accustomed to having a king long before it was an independent nation, talk not only of new leadership but of an entirely new system of government was jarring to the population. So, how was the proclamation of the republic covered in the press at the time?

The day after the military-led coup in the name of republicanism, Rio de Janeiro’s...

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