Slavery in Brazil

Slavery in Brazil

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by Herbert S. Klein, Francisco Vidal Luna
     
 

Brazil was the American society that received the largest contingent of African slaves in the Americas and the longest-lasting slave regime in the Western Hemisphere. This is the first complete modern survey of the institution of slavery in Brazil and how it affected the lives of enslaved Africans. It is based on major new research on the institution of slavery and

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Brazil was the American society that received the largest contingent of African slaves in the Americas and the longest-lasting slave regime in the Western Hemisphere. This is the first complete modern survey of the institution of slavery in Brazil and how it affected the lives of enslaved Africans. It is based on major new research on the institution of slavery and the role of Africans and their descendants in Brazil. Although Brazilians have incorporated many of the North American debates about slavery, they have also developed a new set of questions about slaveholding: the nature of marriage, family, religion, and culture among the slaves and free colored; the process of manumission; and the rise of the free colored class during slavery. It is the aim of this book to introduce the reader to this latest research, both to elucidate the Brazilian experience and to provide a basis for comparisons with all other American slave systems.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521193986
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

I The Political Economy of Slave Labor

1 Origins of the African Slavery in Brazil 3

2 The Establishment of African Slavery in Brazil in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 19

3 Slavery and the Economy in the Eighteenth Century 35

4 Slavery and the Economy in the Nineteenth Century 74

5 The Economics of Slavery 115

II Brazilian Slave Society

6 Life, Death, and Migration in Afro-Brazilian Slave Society 151

7 Slave Resistance and Rebellion 189

8 Family, Kinship, and Community 212

9 Freedmen in a Slave Society 250

III End of Slavery

10 Transition from Slavery to Freedom 295

Bibliography 321

Index 353

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