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The Hierarchies of Slavery in Santos, Brazil, 1822-1888

Ian Read


Despite the inherent brutality of slavery, some slaves could find small but important opportunities to act decisively. This book explores such moments of opportunity and resistance in Santos, a Southeastern township in Imperial Brazil. It argues that slavery in Brazil was hierarchical: slaves' fleeting chances to form families, work jobs that would not kill or maim, avoid debilitating diseases, or find a (legal or illegal) pathway out of slavery were highly influenced by their demographic background and their owners' social position. By tracing the lives of slaves and owners through multiple r ... More

Keywords: slavery, Brazil, Santos, slaves, hierarchy, social mobility, stratification, captivity, owners

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780804774147
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804774147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Read, author