Licentious Liberty in a Brazilian Gold-Mining Region: Slavery, Gender, and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Sabará, Minas Gerais / Edition 1

Licentious Liberty in a Brazilian Gold-Mining Region: Slavery, Gender, and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Sabará, Minas Gerais / Edition 1

by Kathleen J. Higgins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271019115

ISBN-13: 9780271019116

Pub. Date: 10/28/1999

Publisher: Penn State University Press

To studies of Brazilian slavery, this book adds a new dimension by showing how it developed in a region where mining was the chief commercial activity and how important a role gender played in this frontier setting in creating opportunities for slaves to achieve some measure of autonomy, compared with slaves who worked in sugar-cane and coffee-growing areas.

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To studies of Brazilian slavery, this book adds a new dimension by showing how it developed in a region where mining was the chief commercial activity and how important a role gender played in this frontier setting in creating opportunities for slaves to achieve some measure of autonomy, compared with slaves who worked in sugar-cane and coffee-growing areas.

The interactions among masters, slaves, and royal officials were profoundly shaped by the accessibility and widespread dispersal of gold deposits, the emergence of small urban centers in which commercial activities thrived, the sexual division of labor among slaves working in mining and commerce, and the changing sex ratio within the population of free white colonists settling in the region.

Focusing attention on the changing status, autonomy, and influence of non-White women, the author argues, is one of the most effective ways of understanding the economic, demographic, and cultural evolution of the slave society as a whole.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271019116
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, Illustrations, and Maps
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Rushing for Gold in Minas Gerais17
2Patterns of Living and Working Among Slaves, Ex-Slaves, and Free Persons in Colonial Sabara43
3Man, Woman, and Church in Colonial Sabara89
4Slave Baptisms and Godparentage in Colonial Sabara121
5Manumissions in Sabara145
6Slave Resistance and Autonomy in Sabara and Minas Gerais175
Conclusion209
AppOrigin/Race, Sex, and Age of the Manumitted, 1710-1809219
Sources223
Index233

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