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By slaves and freedmen
at the Revista Brasileira de História
Organization: Silvia Hunold Lara (Unicamp)
Studies on slavery and freedom flourished these last decades, leading to an important volume of research on the commerce in bondspeople, the relations between masters and slaves, the forms of manumission, religious beliefs, and post-abolition dilemmas, among other relevant subjects. Nevertheless, little is known about what slaves and freedmen thought about slavery or freedom, and how they faced the challenges posed by these conditions. How did native people of Brazil, Africans and their descendants, who were enslaved or submitted to other forms of forced labor, perceive the world they lived in? What values and ideas influenced their efforts to change their lives and those of their kin and companions? What did it mean to be a slave, a freedman, an “aldeado” or an “administrado”? How did those who sought liberty act? What were the dangers they faced after obtaining manumission, or beginning their lives as freed persons? What did captivity or liberty mean to them?
This dossier seeks to address the challenge of answering these questions and, at the same time, to discuss the theoretical and methodological questions of approaching the history of slavery and liberty in Brazil from the points of view of slaves and freed people.
Authors should submit manuscripts (in Portuguese, English or Spanish), resulting from unpublished historical research before March 5th, 2018, through http://www.scielo.br/rbh . Submissions must rigorously respect the publication guidelines available in http://www.scielo.br/revistas/rbh/iinstruc.htm.
The Revista Brasileira de História encourages the submission of reviews of books dealing with the same topic of the dossier, with the same deadline and conditions mentioned above.
Revista Brasileira de História
Bruno Feitler (editor)