Juan Perón
by Jenna Gosselin

Profile

Perón was a popular military officer/politician of Argentina. He was in power for 32 years and that started due to Perón going to a military school and training to be an officer which led him to join a secret group of military officers.  Perón became a Vice President in 1944-1945 when his rise to power began.  He then gained presidency in the years 1946 and re-elected in 1951 and 1973.  His presidency had a positive impact toward Argentenian society.  He developed great economic paths that led the public to success.  For example, he implemented the "Third Way" as an alternative to capitalism and communism.  

Perónism

  • This video clip emphasizes the Perónism Juan Perón left in Argentina.  Perónism is the social justice, economic independence, and political sovereignty that Juan established back then.  The people that believed him saw that he included the interests of the population and the beneficial economic needs to the people.  For example, all workers were given free medical care.  These people described Perónism as a movement or a special feeling that they had.  People viewed him differently, they saw him as a celebrity.  Although he passed away, he left Perónism in Argentina today.  The people are inspired to vote and still follow his ways.  These people from the past adapted the time change and brought positive Perónism today.

Letter to Perón

Dear Juan Perón,

You have made an impact on my life and country.  I wish you were still here with us today to run such a beautiful country.  Perónists, myself included, admire your ways and leadership styles.  You led the economy to success by helping out the businesses and labour.  Also, you allowed there to be a "Third Way", neither capitalism nor communists. This gave the opportunity to many people to have choices in their beliefs.  I support you for who you are and what you have done so beneficially.  Juan Perón you will forever be a hero for my lovely country, Argentina.

Thank you,

A blessed Perónist

Essential Question

Juan Perón instituted such a positive effect on Argentina.  How does one justify themselves as a Perónist today?