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Cleansing Honor with BloodMasculinity, Violence, and Power in the Backlands of Northeast Brazil, 1845–1889$
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Martha Santos

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804774567

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804774567.001.0001

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A Brief Moment of Prosperity: Land, Opportunity, and Autonomy, 1845–70

A Brief Moment of Prosperity: Land, Opportunity, and Autonomy, 1845–70

(p.17) Chapter 1 A Brief Moment of Prosperity: Land, Opportunity, and Autonomy, 1845–70
Cleansing Honor with Blood
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This chapter examines the brief economic prosperity of free poor sertanejo families in Ceará, Brazil, during the period between 1845 and the mid- to late 1860s. It describes the emergence of a land-tenure pattern, the growth of a mixed rural economy, and the migration of drought refugees into the interior. It also investigates how the sertanejo families' control over their own labor resulted in conflicts with local notables who required hired labor for their own agrarian activities.

Keywords:   economic prosperity, sertanejo families, Ceará, Brazil, land-tenure pattern, rural economy, hired labor

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