Introduction

The theme of fear and hope in Brazil permeates throughout its history.  From the discovery in 1500 to current times of governmental crisis, Brazil has seen many facets of both fear and hope rooted throughout.  Using themes from slavery, capoeira, Brazilian jiu jitzu, Samba, censorship, Forro and others reveals the history and development of fear within Brazil.  From the enslavement of the indigenous people to the enslavement of male Africans, the Portuguese needed slaves to build their empire within Latin America.  While slavery was one of the biggest contributing factors to fear, other movements were almost born out of it.  However, through all the fear and terror covering Brazil, the resiliency of the Brazilian people to grow and fight through tough times shows the character and hearts of the people.  This transformative characteristic known as Brazilianess is what makes Brazil’s culture unlike any other. Our class will develop 10 group research projects that explore the different periods of both fear and hope that transformed the Brazilian culture.  Perhaps one of the best examples that show this characteristic is Tropicalia, a movement led by the musicians Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso provided the hope that Brazil needed during times of governmental crisis.  The group projects will then be organized and put together in a wordpress site which will be presented at the conference on fear and terror.   Today, Brazil continues to grow and reflect the spirit of hope, change, and fear that has made it into the country it is today.