Illiterate and poor, the daughter of a herdsman in 19th century Brazil, Anita Ribeiro was lifted from a life of obscurity to one that is the stuff of romance and adventure. When she and a young Italian exile by the name of Captain Garibaldi met in 1839, they joined in the cause of founding a Brazilian republic. Later they went on to lead the defense of Montevideo from an Argentine siege-just one episode among many in their idealistic, nationalistic crusade in a time of immense revolutionary upheaval. It was Anita who taught Garibaldi the guerrilla ways of the gauchos, and they lived as man and wife through a series of adventure and wars. Returning to Italy in 1848 to fight for a united republican Italy, as revolution swept throughout Europe, Anita and Garibaldi were tragically separated by her untimely death the following year. Garibaldi went on to ultimate fame as the father of modern Italy-while Anita's story drifted into the mists of legend. This book, the first full biography of the remarkable life of Anita Garibaldi, tells the true story of a fascinating and important woman.
Anthony Valerio is the author of four books and numerous articles./e He has taught at New York University and the City University of New York.
Preface Brazil (1821-1841) A Childhood A Girl without a Father The Gift of Land Revolution in Exchange Night Moves Occupation amid Cheers Saudade, or the Sadness of Parting From Tempest to Calm Courtship Under Fire The Agony of Happiness Combat at Sea Defend and Retreat Garibaldi's Treasure Shadows of Memory Guerrilla Chief Menotti, Child of Victory Disastrous Retreat Uruguay (1841-1848) Montevideo, Big City An Honest Woman Battles with Brown Under Siege The Red Shirt Jealousy The Virtue of Darkness A World of Gracious Things The Glory of Salto Fame Passage to Italy Italy (1848-1849) A Woman of Leisure Speranza, or Hope The Lago Maggiore Campaign Mr. & Mrs. Risso Reunion in Rieti Rome House of the Four Winds End of a Dream The Retreat (July-August 1849) The Hunted Decline San Marino Cesenatico Anita's Death Epilogue Index
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