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In much of mid-nineteenth-century Latin America, charismatic military or political leaders with popular followings were common figures. In Bolivia, General Manuel Isidoro Belzu (1848–55), who gained the allegiance of urban artisans and plebeians in La Paz, was an exceptional example of these caudillos. Belzu was an early proponent of national economic growth based on domestic manufacturing, which earned him the ire of liberal elites tied to free-trade doctrines. His political adversaries sought to discredit him as a socialist and a communist. In a gripping speech from 1849, presented here, he inveighs against aristocratic privilege and the prevailing property regime, themes...

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