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Carolina Maria de Jesus: She Lived In the Slums, Had An Elementary-School Education, and Wrote a Best-Seller

“And so, on May 13th, 1958, I found myself fighting against modern slavery: hunger!” So wrote Carolina Maria de Jesus in her journal, in one of São Paulo’s poorest favelas (slums).  Carolina was born to descendants of slavers, only went to school for two years, and still wrote an international best-seller.  Her journal, which was published in 1960, vividly described life in São Paulo’s favelas.  It sold over 10,000 copies in the first three days…

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