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Conceiving freedom [electronic resource] : women of color, gender, and the abolition of slavery in Havana and Rio de Janeiro / Camillia Cowling.

Author/Creator:
Cowling, Camillia, author.
Publication:
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2013]
Distribution:
[Getzville, New York] : William S. Hein & Company, [2016]
Series:
UNC Press law publications.
Slavery in America and the world: history, culture & law.
HeinOnline UNC Press law publications
HeinOnline slavery in America and the world: history, culture & law
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (xiii, 326 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Subjects:
Women slaves -- Cuba -- Havana -- History -- 19th century.
Women slaves -- Brazil -- Rio de Janeiro -- History -- 19th century.
Women slaves -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Cuba -- Havana -- History -- 19th century.
Women slaves -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Brazil -- Rio de Janeiro -- History -- 19th century.
Antislavery movements -- Cuba -- Havana -- History -- 19th century.
Antislavery movements -- Brazil -- Rio de Janeiro -- History -- 19th century.
Havana (Cuba) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
"In Conceiving Freedom, Camillia Cowling shows how gender shaped urban routes to freedom for the enslaved during the process of gradual emancipation in Cuba and Brazil, which occurred only after the rest of Latin America had abolished slavery and even after the American Civil War. Focusing on late nineteenth-century Havana and Rio de Janeiro, Cowling argues that enslaved women played a dominant role in carving out freedom for themselves and their children through the courts. Cowling examines how women, typically illiterate but with access to scribes, instigated myriad successful petitions for emancipation, often using "free-womb" laws that declared that the children of enslaved women were legally free. She reveals how enslaved women's struggles connected to abolitionist movements in each city and the broader Atlantic World, mobilizing new notions about enslaved and free womanhood. She shows how women conceived freedom and then taught the "free-womb" generation to understand and shape the meaning of that freedom. Even after emancipation, freed women would continue to use these claims-making tools as they struggled to establish new spaces for themselves and their families in post emancipation society"-- Provided by publisher
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-308) and index
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Description based on PDF title page, viewed September 30, 2016
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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