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The Comparative Histories of Slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States


Part of New Approaches to the Americas

  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521694100

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  • This 2007 book is an introductory history of racial slavery in the Americas. Brazil and Cuba were among the first colonial societies to establish slavery in the early sixteenth century. Approximately a century later British colonial Virginia was founded, and slavery became an integral part of local culture and society. In all three nations, slavery spread to nearly every region, and in many areas it was the principal labor system utilized by rural and urban elites. Yet long after it had been abolished elsewhere in the Americas, slavery stubbornly persisted in the three nations. It took a destructive Civil War in the United States to bring an end to racial slavery in the southern states in 1865. In 1866 slavery was officially ended in Cuba, and in 1888 Brazil finally abolished this dreadful institution, and legalized slavery in the Americas came to an end.

    • This is the first comparative history of slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the US
    • Draws upon an extensive bibliography of most published works on slavery in the three nations
    • Written by an author with extensive experience and an impressive list of publications based upon research with sources in Brazil and Cuba
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    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521694100
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. From colonization to abolition: patterns of historical development in Brazil, Cuba, and the United States
    2. The diversity of slavery in the Americas to 1790
    3. Slaves in their own words
    4. Slave populations
    5. Economic aspects
    6. Making space
    7. Resistance and rebellions
    8. Abolition

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • American Civilizations: The Black Experience in the Atlantic World
    • Comparative Slavery in the New World
    • History of the Caribbean and the Atlantic World
    • The Caribbean and the Atlantic World
    • US History in Global Context
  • Author

    Laird Bergad, City University of New York
    Laird W. Bergad was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He attended the University of Wisconsin, where he received his B.A. in history in 1970. He then lived and worked in various jobs in Puerto Rico before enrolling in graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Ph.D. degree in Latin American and Caribbean history in 1980. He has traveled widely through Latin America and has lived for extended periods in Cuba and Brazil. He has written and published four previous books about rural slave-based societies during the 18th and 19th centuries in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Brazil: Coffee and the Growth of Agarian Capitalism in Puerto Rico (1983), Cuban Rural Society in the 19th Century (1990), The Cuban Slave Market, 1790–1880 (coauthored) (Cambridge University Press, 1995); Slavery and the Demographic and Economic History of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 1720-1888 (Cambridge University Press, 1999). He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Fulbright Fellowships, and an NEH Fellowship, among other grants and honors. He is the founding director of the City University of New York's Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies.

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