David T. Haberly (essay date December 1972)
SOURCE: Haberly, David T. “Abolition in Brazil: Anti-Slavery and Anti-Slave.” Luso-Brazilian Review 9, no. 2 (December 1972): 30-46.
[In the following essay, Haberly argues that the majority of nineteenth-century Brazilian abolitionist literature depicted black slaves as sexually immoral and prone to violence, stereotypes that reinforced the demand for emancipation based less on sympathy for the victims of slavery than the supposed dangers these slaves posed for their white slave-owners.]
The abolition of African slavery is clearly one of the fundamental events of nineteenth-century Brazilian history. Its peaceful accomplishment—in sharp contrast to the bloody...
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