League of Independent Youth

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League of Independent Youth

Founded in 1903, the League was an antipersonalist political movement that favored strict adherence to the Constitution. The League wanted the Paraguayan people to put their aspirations into a party or movement rather than in one man. The leaders believed that a personalist leader ran the risk of taking power into his own hands. They favored constitutional politics over personalism. The movement lasted until the 1908 revolt against the personalist Liberal President Benigno Ferreira, after which the League was dissolved. Many of its members later joined the Liberal Party.

See alsoParaguay, Constitutions; Paraguay, Political Parties: Liberal Party.


Efraim Cardozo, 23 de octubre (1953).

Charles H. Kolinski, Historical Dictionary of Paraguay (1973).

Additional Bibliography

Carrón, Juan María. El régimen liberal, 1870–1930: Sociedad, economía y cultura. Asunción: Arandurã Editorial, 2004.

Lewis, Paul H. Political Parties and Generations in Paraguay's Liberal Era, 1869–1940. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1993.

                                       Miguel A. Gatti