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The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822-1888$
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Ian Read

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774147

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774147.001.0001

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Family, Work, and Punishment

Family, Work, and Punishment

(p.93) Chapter Four Family, Work, and Punishment
The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822-1888
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This chapter examines the family, work, crime, and punishment of slaves in Santos, Brazil. It considers the rules on the punishment of slaves, and suggests that a slave's chance of being arrested and being booked with a certain type of charge depends on the slave and owners' characteristics. The chapter explains that, by the mid-1800s, the commercial elite started to handle their slaves more carefully as slave prices and coffee export profits rose. It also mentions that, during this period, some slave owners even chose to send them to the hospital for medicine and the jail for whipping, rather than perform medical services and punishment within their home, as families had done for centuries.

Keywords:   Slaves, Santos, Brazil, family, work, crime, commercial elite, coffee export profits, slave prices, whipping

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