Charles D. Ameringer

in The Socialist Impulse

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033099
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038124 | DOI:

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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

Chapter.  5725 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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