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    Domingo Faustino Sarmiento Lot of Three Autograph Letters Signed. Three autograph letters in Spanish, signed "Sarmiento" and "D.F. Sarmiento", total 10pp., New York, all written to Juana Manso. All with good content regarding his goals for educational development in Argentina and his political future. In small part: " [undated letter]... I am going to promote music in all of the schools, and for that these chants and these books of verse and chants will serve as a model; but it is precise that the verses be in Spanish... [New York, May 25, 1866]... I suspect that my good and impassioned friend is writing a biography of me, or so I have deduced from that letter, and the many that she writes to me asking for explanations of my deeds that they have recognized... Minister Costa has written to me that he enters fully into the idea of Normal Schools based on the North American model and the rest; or at least he has implied it in his letters... the least indiscretion shall be exploited by the Saints Olalla [?] of politics, like they did when I was in San Juan, portraying me as though as I was taking a leisurely trip through these worlds thinking they would annihilate me. Poor people! I have many years remaining, patience, and love for my country, and the aptitude to serve it... [New York, Sept. 20, 1867]... I am anxiously awaiting the hear the rumblings that the successes of war take and the opinions that will be tendered in the next election. The news and particular details that reach me from various parts of the Republic are in the same vein as what you relay... I do little to advance here. My mission has been accomplished, if it was to learn in depth the American institutions, especially the educational institutions..." A schoolteacher in rural Argentina, Sarmiento entered public life as a provincial legislator. His activism against the oppressive government of Juan Manuel de Rosas resulted in his exile to Chile in 1840. While in Chile, he was appointed founding director of the first pedagogical academy in Latin America, traveling abroad to study educational systems. Sarmiento served as Minister Plenipotentiary for Chile in the United States between 1864-1867. His study of the American public school system convinced him that it was the best model to be followed by Latin America. Sarmiento was elected president of Argentina in 1868, and his administration was dedicated to the application of sound democratic principles to the development of Argentina's educational and cultural institutions. These three letters written during his time in the U.S. provide insight into his ideas as well as his political inclinations. Letters are in overall near fine with light toning and foxing, and minor edge tears to one.

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