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This book offers the principal conclusions reached after a sociological investigation into the contact between Negroes and whites in the city of Sᾶo Paulo. The city in question is important not so much because of its history under the slave system but because of its role in the emergence of urbanindustrial civilization in Brazil and because of its future, for it is the only Brazilian city with an economic, social, and cultural background capable of providing the energy to develop an open-class society.
Florestan Fernandes attended only three years of primary education in São Paulo, as he worked as a shoe shiner, waiter assistant, delivery boy, and had to take a series of other odd-jobs. From 1941 to 1945 he studied at the University of São Paulo, from which Florestan received a degree in sociology.
After graduation from university, Florestan Fernandes was offered a job as an assistant professor of the chair of sociology at the University of São Paulo, which was then occupied by Roger Bastide. In 1964 he became a full professor and, through a nomination of his master, he took over the chair. Five years later, he was dismissed from the position as an imposition of the military Institutional act number 5, being compulsorily retired.
In 1969 he fled to Canada for political reasons and began to teach at the University of Toronto. In 1986 he returned to Brazil and became involved in the Workers' Party. In that same year he was elected deputy as a candidate of São Paulo’s Workers' Party. He helped to elaborate the 1988 Constitution in Brasília and was reelected for another parliamentary term. In spite of the party’s insistence, he did not run for the third time alleging health-related reasons.
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With the foundation of the Workers’ Party in the 1980’s, Florestan Fernandes received an invitation to join the political party from Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva himself. However, he only accepted the invitation in 1986, when Lula explained to him that the party would not finance him but, on the contrary, the sociologist would finance the party.
On September 16, 1944, Florestan Fernandes married Myrian Rodrigues, a housewife. They had six children: Heloisa, Noemia, Beatrix, Silvia, Florestan Jr., and Miriam Lucia.