People of Faith
Slavery and African Catholics in Eighteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Duke University Press
Title Page, Copyright
List of Tables
The initial version of what would become this book was my doctoral dissertation for the Department of History at the Federal Fluminense University, Rio de Janeiro. I thank the History Department, where...
I paid my first visit to the Church of Santo Elesbão and Santa Efigênia one Wednesday morning, back in 1989, and it was an appointment with a friend that happened to take me there. The church fronts onto a bustling street...
1. From Ethiopia to Guinea
As Renaissance Europe probed its southern frontier through trade networks branching across the Mediterranean, its merchants, scholars, royalty, and commoners alike gazed in delighted wonder at the bags...
2. Commerce with the Mina Coast
The physical act of slavery—capture, dislocation to the markets, commercialization, forced labor—directly impacted millions of Americans, Africans, and Asians throughout the Portuguese Empire from the fifteenth...
3. African ‘‘Nations’’ and Provenience Groups
In colonial Brazil, as throughout the Portuguese Empire, there was not a clear distinction between civil and religious administration. This apparent ambiguity was part of the structure of the Padroado, a pact between the Catholic...
Gallery of Illustrations
4. Urban Life and Brotherhoods in the City
By the closing decades of the sixteenth century, the city of Rio de Janeiro began to expand markedly. It strained its older limits at the hills to push restlessly outward toward the fertile lowlands, while the urban...
5. Constructing a Religious Norm
It is increasingly clear from a range of scholarship (not only this book but much recent work in the history of slavery) that the social formations, alliances, and institutions adopted by urban slave populations are far more complicated...
6. Conflict and Ethnic Identity among Mahi
In its last five chapters, the compromisso of the Brotherhood of Santo Elesbão and Santa Efigênia authorized the election of up to seven kings to compose the court of the Imperial State of Santo Elesbão. The only condition imposed...
The writing phase of the work involved in transforming my doctoral dissertation into a book was completed in 1997. Much has changed since then. Not only have many exciting new works been published (or others brought...
Page Count: 280
Illustrations: 12 illustrations, 21 tables
Publication Year: 2011
OCLC Number: 757825955
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