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Voices of the Enslaved in Nineteenth-Century Cuba
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First published in 1996 by the Mexican publisher Centro de Investigacion Cientifica, this documentary history provides a vivid overview of African slavery in Cuba (which wasn't abolished until 1886, later than any country save Brazil) and its relationship to the plantation system of the New World. The book is comprised of two parts; the first is a rich introductory essay by the author, and the second is a collection of eighty previously unpublished primary documents from various Cuban archives that shed light on the lived experiences of Cuba's African slaves. The volume is significant in three major ways. First, it highlights both the repressiveness of slavery and the hidden spaces within which slaves were able to challenge that repression. Second, it presents the rarely documented voices of enslaved individuals themselves, as well as a sense of the social and cultural milieu in which they lived. Third, the concise length and richly varied content make the book especially suitable for use in courses on the African diaspora, comparative slavery, and African American studies, as well as Cuban, Caribbean and Latin American studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Translator’s Preface
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-46
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  1. 1. Slavery and Its Legal Regulation
  2. pp. 47-54
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  1. 2. Slaveholders and the Slave Code
  2. pp. 55-73
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  1. 3. Toward a New Slave Code
  2. pp. 74-84
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  1. 4. Slavery and Family Life
  2. pp. 85-104
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  1. 5. The Plantation Social Network
  2. pp. 105-135
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  1. 6. The Labor Relations of Coartado Slaves
  2. pp. 136-144
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  1. 7. The Master’s Violent Hand
  2. pp. 145-160
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  1. 8. Freedom Road
  2. pp. 161-192
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 193-204
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 205-208
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 209-220
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