Slavery and Identity

Slavery and Identity

Ethnicity, Gender, and Race in Salvador, Brazil, 1808-1888
Mieko Nishida
Distribution: World
Publication date: 3/20/2003
Format: cloth 280 pages, 1 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-34209-6
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Slavery and Identity narrates a peculiar sort of history of the “peculiar institution.” Not about slavery per se, it looks at urban slavery in an Atlantic port city from the vantage point of enslaved Africans and their descendants, examining their self-perceptions and self-identities in a variety of situations. The book offers a new window on slave life in 19th-century Salvador, Brazil, and illustrates the difficulty of generalizing about New World slave societies. In Salvador, slaves owned slaves and even participated in the transatlantic slave trade. Africans who were removed from Africa as slaves sometimes managed to purchase their freedom, and a few entered the commerce of trade in their fellow humans. Nishida explains that though African-born people found themselves at the bottom of the social ladder, they somehow were never entirely excluded from society or even from power at a certain level.

Author Bio

Mieko Nishida is Assistant Professor of History at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. She held a Predoctoral Research Fellowship at the Carter G. Woodson Institute of the University of Virginia and a Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Latin American Studies of the University of Texas at Austin.

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". . . an interesting contribution to the rich historiography of Salvador da Bahia, of the great cities of the African Atlantic. . . Overall, the book succeeds admirably in delving into the complex process of identity formation in Brazil." —Choice

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Table of Contents

Preliminary :

Acknowledgments
Tables, Map, and Figures
Abbreviations

Introduction
1. A "Capital of Africa" in Brazil
Part I: To Be African-Born and Enslaved, circa 1808-1831
2. The Creation of New Identity, 1808-1831
3. The Representation of Identity, 1808-1831
Part II: To Be African-Born and Freed, circa 1808-1880
4. The Recreation of Identity, 1808-1831
5. The Convergence of Identity, 1831-1880
Part III: To Be Brazilian-Born, circa 1808-1888
6. The Creation of Disparate Identity, 1808-1851
7. The Labyrinth of Identity, 1851-1888
Conclusion