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Tiradentes Day in Brazil



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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.34

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    like-minded, revolutionary, republic, puller, revolution, taxation, particularly, inspiration, organization, holiday, miner, public, independence, death, history, profession
     content words:    Joaquim José, Silva Xavier, São José, Minas Gerais, United States, British Empire, North America, Inconfidência Mineira, On April
Tiradentes Day in Brazil

By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
1     The holiday celebrated on April 21 in Brazil has a funny name. It is called Tiradentes Day. The word tiradentes means "tooth puller." Why is there a holiday named after a tooth puller? The dentist remembered on that day was an important - maybe the most important - dentist in all of Brazil's history. His name was Joaquim Jos� da Silva Xavier.
 
2     Silva Xavier was born in 1746 in S�o Jos� del Rei in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Both his parents died when he was young, so his godfather adopted him. He studied a lot when he was young and tried his hand at many different professions. He was a cattle driver, a miner, and yes, a dentist. But his most important profession would be a truly unique job. It was the job of a revolutionary.
 
3     What is a revolutionary? It is a person who believes strongly in change. Not just any change, but big and fast change - revolution. Silva Xavier believed the government of Brazil needed change. At the time, the European country of Portugal was ruling Brazil. Silva Xavier and many other Brazilians thought this wasn't fair. They didn't like the way Portugal ruled, particularly when it came to taxes.

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