Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Brazil Initiative

João Reis - Slaves Who Owned Slaves in 19th Century Brazil

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

6:00pm – 7:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

The largest importer of slaves from Africa, Brazil also had a high rate of slave manumission compared to other slave societies in the Americas. In addition, a large number of former slaves prospered to the point of becoming slave masters themselves. What is less known is the phenomenon of the slave owning slave, which is the subject of this lecture. Focused on Bahia, an important sugar plantation region, and particularly on the city of Salvador, the talk deals with such questions as access to the slave market, urban slavery, and slave/master relations.