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"Licentious Liberty" in a Brazilian Gold-Mining Region: Slavery, Gender, and Social Control in Eighteenth-Century Sabara, Minas Gerais
Contributor(s): Higgins, Kathleen J. (Author)

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ISBN: 0271032707     ISBN-13: 9780271032702
Publisher: Penn State University Press
OUR PRICE: $39.55  

Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: December 1999
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- History | Latin America - South America
- Social Science | Anthropology - Cultural & Social
- Social Science | Gender Studies
Dewey: 306.362
LCCN: 98043338
Physical Information: 0.7" H x 6" W x 9" (0.75 lbs) 248 pages
- Cultural Region - Latin America
- Chronological Period - 18th Century
Features: Bibliography, Illustrated, Index, Maps
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
To studies of Brazilian slavery this book adds a new dimension by showing how it developed in a region where mining was the chief commercial activity and how important a role gender played in this frontier setting in creating opportunities for slaves to achieve some measure of autonomy, compared with slaves who worked in sugar-cane and coffee-growing areas. The interactions among masters, slaves, and royal officials were profoundly shaped by the accessibility and widespread dispersal of gold deposits, the emergence of small urban centers in which commercial activities thrived, the sexual division of labor among slaves working in mining and commerce, and the changing sex ratio within the population of free white colonists settling in the region. Focusing attention on the changing status, autonomy, and influence of nonwhite women, the author argues, is one of the most effective ways of understanding the economic, demographic, and cultural evolution of the slave society as a whole. Kathleen J. Higgins is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Iowa.

Contributor Bio(s): Higgins, Kathleen J.: - Kathleen J. Higgins is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Iowa.
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