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|Title:||The politics of ambiguity: conditional manumission, labor contracts, and slave emancipation in Brazil (1850s–1888)|
|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.|
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
|Editor:||Cambridge University 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.|
|Appears in Collections:||IFCH - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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