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(World Poets and Poetry)

José Hernández (ehr-NON-days) dedicated his life to poetic and prosaic elucidation, illumination, and explanation of all aspects of the lifestyle, politics, and moral values of the Argentine gaucho (a type of cowboy and occasional laborer located in rural Argentina). He wrote many lengthy articles and essays about the political situation of the gauchos in relation to the power struggle between Argentine forces in favor of federalism and those in favor of regional autonomy. Hernández composed many of these works for a sophisticated readership that principally included the well-educated population of Buenos Aires and the provincial capitals of Argentina. While a journalist, he produced various works that depicted the gaucho lifestyle in biographical and instructional prose forms.