Africa, Africans, and Slavery in Latin America

The November 2007 issue of the Hispanic American Historical Review features three articles on Africans, slavery and conceptions of Africa in three Latin American countries: Buenos Aires, Cuba, and Uruguay.
This issue (87:4) was the last issue published while the journal was headquartered at the University of Maryland-College Park, an institution well known for pioneering the study of slavery and emancipation in the United States through the Freedmen and Southern Society Project.
Lyman L. Johnson. “‘A Lack of Legitimate Obedience and Respect’: Slaves and Their Masters in the Courts of Late Colonial Buenos Aires.” pp. 631-657
Alejandro de la Fuente. “Slaves and the Creation of Legal Rights in Cuba: Coartaci’on and Papel.” pp. 659-692
George Reid Andrews. “Remembering Africa, Inventing Uruguay: Sociedades de Negros in the Montevideo Carnival, 1865-1930.” pp. 693-726
Alejandro de la Fuente’s article on how people of color exploit the law to secure manumission and secure certain rights is interesting to consider in cross-diaspora, intra-Atlantic context alongside “The Atlantic World and the Road to Plessy v. Ferguson,” by Rebecca Scott. Published in December 2007 in the Journal of American History (94:3), Scott considers the construction and exercise of “public rights” by free people of color (and their descendants) in nineteenth century Louisiana.
Image and caption from New Orleans Public Library Website (NUTRIAS): Henriette Delille (1813-1862), a daughter of one of the oldest families of free people of color in New Orleans, founded the Sisters of the Holy Family, the second oldest Catholic religious order for women of color. Photo originally published in Robert R. Macdonald, John R. Kemp, and Edward F. Haas, eds. Louisiana’s Black Heritage, pub. 1979
The HAHR and the Journal of American History are available at your local college/university library.
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6 thoughts on “Africa, Africans, and Slavery in Latin America

  1. Please excuse the awkward formatting in the post above. Technical difficulties soon to be fixed–hopefully by the next blog post.

  2. Pingback: Weekend Reading: The Public Archive on “Radical Black Cities” | African Diaspora, Ph.D.

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