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Blacks of the Land
Indian Slavery, Settler Society, and the Portuguese Colonial Enterprise in South America


Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107535183


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  • Originally published in Portuguese in 1994 as Negros da Terra, this field-defining work by the late historian John M. Monteiro has been translated into English by Professors Barbara Weinstein and James Woodard. Monteiro's work established ethnohistory as a field in colonial Brazilian studies and made indigenous history a vital part of how scholars understand Brazil's colonial past. Drawing on over two dozen collections on both sides of the Atlantic, Monteiro rescued Indians from invisibility, documenting their role as both objects and actors in Brazil's colonial past and, most importantly, providing the first history of Indian slavery in Brazil. Monteiro demonstrates how Indian enslavement, not exploration or the search for mineral wealth, was the driving force behind expansion out of São Paulo and through the South American backcountry. This book makes a groundbreaking contribution not only to Latin American history, but to the history of indigenous slavery in the Americas generally.

    • Makes available an English translation of a pioneering work on Indian slavery in Portuguese-claimed South America
    • Serves as a student-friendly text, with additional aids such as a glossary and timeline
    • The translation is clear and accessible, reflecting the prose of the original Portuguese edition
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    'Woodard and Weinstein deserve much praise for their work on this important edition and translation of Monteiro's book. It will bring his interdisciplinary methods and comparative perspective on slavery to an even wider readership of historians, anthropologists, and their students. Perhaps most importantly, it will reaffirm the historical roles played by indigenous peoples in the construction of colonial societies across the Americas.' Heather F. Roller, The American Historical Review

    'Specialists and students of slavery studies will certainly benefit from Monteiro's interdisciplinary approach and exhaustive analysis. Non-specialists interested in histories of colonial encounters and colonial labour systems will profit as well from this thorough edition.' Ana Moledo, Connections

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107535183
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 14 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Blacks of the land: preface and acknowledgments
    1. The transformation of indigenous São Paulo in the sixteenth century
    2. Backcountry incursions and the expansion of the labour force
    3. The granary of Brazil
    4. The regime of personal service
    5. Masters and Indians
    6. The roots of rural poverty
    7. The final years of Indian slavery

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    John M. Monteiro
    John M. Monteiro was a professor in the Department of Anthropology of the Universidade Estadual de Campinas and the director of the same university's Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas. He also held visiting positions at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan, and Harvard University, Massachusetts.

    Editors and translators

    James Woodard, Montclair State University, New Jersey
    James Woodard is Professor of History at Montclair State University. He is the author of A Place in Politics: São Paulo, Brazil, from Seigneurial Republicanism to Regionalist Revolt (2009).

    Barbara Weinstein, New York University
    Barbara Weinstein is Silver Professor of History at New York University and Past President of the American Historical Association. She is the author of The Color of Modernity: São Paulo and the Making of Race and Nation in Brazil (2015), For Social Peace in Brazil: Industrialists and the Remaking of the Working Class in São Paulo, 1920–1964 (1997), and The Amazon Rubber Boom, 1850–1920 (1983).

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