The People of the River: Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945

The People of the River: Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945

by Oscar de la Torre


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ISBN-13: 9781469643243
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Oscar de la Torre is assistant professor of history and Africana and Latin American studies at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Offering important theoretical interventions and a compelling narrative, de la Torre demonstrates the fascinating range of ways that black Amazonians related to their environments at both physical and discursive levels. This book reveals how their gradual acquisition of prized environmental knowledge played into economic relationships and served a key role in their search of autonomy, identity, and citizenship."—Thomas D. Rogers, Emory University

This book provides a nuanced description and analysis of the roles played by the enslaved and their descendants in 'humanizing' Brazil's Amazon region long before the wave of immigrants and government-sponsored infrastructure projects of the 1960s and 1970s. De la Torre sheds light on the vexing question of the relationship between material and natural environments and socio-cultural identities."—John Soluri, Carnegie Mellon University

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