Chica da Silva: A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century / Edition 1

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Overview

Junia Ferreira Furtado offers a fascinating study of the world of a freed woman of color in a small Brazilian town where itinerant merchants, former slaves, Portuguese administrators, and concubines interact across social and cultural lines. The child of an African slave from Costa da Mina and a Brazilian military nobleman of Portuguese descent, Chica da Silva won her freedom using social and matrimonial strategies. But the story of Chica da Silva is not merely the personal history of a woman nor the social history of a colonial Brazilian town. Rather, it provides a historical perspective on a woman's agency, the cultural universe she inhabited, and the myths that were created around her in subsequent centuries, as Chica de Silva came to symbolize both an example of racial democracy and the stereotype of licentiousness and sensuality always attributed to the black or mulatta female in the Brazilian popular imagination.
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"...impressive, definitive study..." -Choice

"In Chica da Silva, Júnia Ferreira Furtado offers a compelling account of the life and world of Francisca da Silva de Oliveira." -Mariana L. R. Dantas, Journal of Social History

"excellent book...moves beyond the myths to uncover ther real Chica." -Katherine Holt, Journal of World History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521711555
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2008
  • Series: New Approaches to the Americas Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 821,923
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Junia Furtado holds a Ph.D. in Social History from the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. She is currently a professor of history at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Her work on Chica da Silva has won awards from the Carlos Chagas Foundation for Women and Gender Research and the Ford Foundation. She has also contributed articles to Cartografia da conquista das minas and History of Cartography, volume 4. The Portuguese language edition of this book was awarded Honorable Mention in 2004 by the Casa de las Américas foundation of Cuba.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xvii

Introduction to the English Edition 1

1 Land of Stars 20

The Diamantine Demarcation 20

The Village of Tejuco 30

2 Chica da Silva 40

Slave, Mulatta 40

Ancestry 53

3 The Diamond Contractors 69

The Old Sergeant Major 69

The Young Chief Judge 85

4 Black Diamond 104

Profane Love 104

Donna Francisca 114

5 The Lady of Tejuco 130

The House and the Street 130

Slave Ownership 146

6 Life in the Village 162

Social Networks 162

Brotherhoods 174

7 Mines of Splendor 193

The Patron 193

Macaubas 198

8 Separation 211

The House in Lapa 211

The Diamond Contract 220

9 Disputes 239

The Grijo Estate 239

The Marian Era 253

10 Destinies 259

The Donna of Serro do Frio 259

Descendants 261

11 Chica-que-manda 284

Historical Memory 284

Spreading the Myth 297

Abbreviations 305

Suggested Reading 307

Index 315

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