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Franz Tamayo Solares (1879–1956) was a widely influential politician, public intellectual, and modernist poet whose political activities and sociocultural essays played an important role in a range of public debates during the first half of the twentieth century. Like the works of his contemporary Alcides Arguedas (1879–1946), Tamayo’s best-known writings examined race and nation and particularly the potential for Bolivia’s indigenous majority to participate fully in public life. In The Creation of a National Pedagogy (1910), Tamayo drew from prevailing racial ideologies of the time—which were considered settled by science—to argue for the establishment of a new approach to education...

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