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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: The Politics Of Ambiguity: Conditional Manumission, Labor Contracts, And Slave Emancipation In Brazil (1850s-1888)
Author: Chalhoub
Sidney
Abstract: Although it seems that slaves in Brazil in the nineteenth century had a better chance of achieving freedom than their counterparts in other slave societies in the Americas, studies also show that a significant proportion of manumissions there were granted conditionally. Freedom might be dependent on a master's death, on a master's daughter marriage, on continued service for a number of years, etc. The article thus focuses on controversies regarding conditional manumission to explore the legal and social ambiguities between slavery and freedom that prevailed in nineteenth-century Brazilian society. Conditional manumission appeared sometimes as a form of labor contract, thought of as a situation in which a person could be nominally free and at the same time subject to forms of compulsory labor. In the final crisis of abolition, in 1887-1888, with slaves leaving the plantations in massive numbers, masters often granted conditional manumission as an attempt to guarantee the compulsory labor of their bonded people for more years.
Subject: Freedom
Law
Country: NEW YORK
Editor: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS
Citation: The Politics Of Ambiguity: Conditional Manumission, Labor Contracts, And Slave Emancipation In Brazil (1850s-1888). Cambridge Univ Press, v. 60, p. 161-191 AUG-2015.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1017/S0020859015000176
Address: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9875805&fileId=S0020859015000176
Date Issue: 2015
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