Little Eva

" As a First Lady, there had never been anything in Argentina like Eva. Just as Perón, the savior of the descamisados, had risen to power by playing expertly on the feelings of Argentina's unhappy workers, so Eva made women's liberation her battle cry. She was the New Woman, free and untrammeled. With messianic fervor she encouraged the public to call her "Evita," in a land where nicknames are restricted to the closest friends. ... In Argentina Evita holds the official title of 'First Samaritan,' but whether her unbounded love for the masses has been repaid in kind is open to question. Eva has few close friends and many bitter enemies in the land of her conquest. Even the most ardent Peronistas are divided as to whether she is a boon or a blight. She constantly interferes in state affairs, and certain it is that her highhanded palace intrigues have earned Perón many an enemy he might not otherwise have had.

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