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Author De la Torre, Oscar (Historian), author

Title The people of the river : nature and identity in black Amazonia, 1835-1945 / Oscar de la Torre
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2018]
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Contents After the reign of terror : slavery and the economy of post-Cabanagem Pará, 1835-c.1870 -- Killing the big snake : myth and history in the Trombetas River, 1800-1888 -- I do not buy my freedom because I am not a fool : environmental creolization and the erection of communities in the senzalas, 1850-1888 -- Working almost as slaves : the post-abolition Brazil nut trade, 1888-1930 -- Citizens of Tauapará : landscape, law, and citizenship in the senzalas, 1862-c.1944 -- The people of the Curuá River : black rural protest and the Vargas era in Amazonia, 1921-1945
Summary "In this history of the black peasants of Amazonia, Oscar de la Torre focuses on the experience of African-descended people navigating the transition from slavery to freedom. Drawing on social and environmental history, he connects the Amazonians intimately to their natural landscapes. Relying on the natural world as a repository for traditions, discourses, and strategies that they retrieved especially in moments of conflict, Afro-Brazilians fought for autonomous communities and developed a vibrant ethnic identity that supported their struggles over labor, land, and citizenship."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Blacks -- Race identity -- Brazil.
Blacks -- Brazil -- Economic conditions.
Blacks -- Brazil -- History.
Peasants -- Brazil -- History.
Slavery -- Brazil -- History.
Amazon River Region -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018008637
ISBN 1469643251 (electronic bk.)
146964326X (electronic bk.)
9781469643250 (electronic bk.)
9781469643267 (electronic bk.)