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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 September 2021

Angela Alonso
Affiliation:
Universidade de São Paulo
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This book, based on a dataset with 2,214 abolitionist events, makes the case that the campaign for the abolition of slavery in Brazil was a structured and lasting network of activists, associations, and public demonstrations, a national social movement. In this sense, this study shows civil society mobilization was not a particular feature of Anglo-American abolitionism.The Brazilian abolitionist movement's actions are explained here from a relational perspective, focusing on its contentious relations – in the public space and inside political institutions – with governments as well as with a pro-slavery countermovement. Besides, the book places Brazil in a global history of abolitionist movements, showing how local activists hooked onto the global abolitionist network and appropriated the repertoire of contention – rhetoric, strategies, and political performances – put together by previous anti-slavery movements. Brazilians adapted this repertoire to local political tradition. Given the formal link between church and State in Brazil, abolitionists preferred secular rhetoric and theater to propaganda. In this sense, it was more modern than the somewhat religiously embedded Anglo-Saxon abolitionism.

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The Last Abolition
The Brazilian Antislavery Movement, 1868–1888
, pp. 1 - 23
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Introduction
  • Angela Alonso, Universidade de São Paulo
  • Book: The Last Abolition
  • Online publication: 24 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108367394.001
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  • Introduction
  • Angela Alonso, Universidade de São Paulo
  • Book: The Last Abolition
  • Online publication: 24 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108367394.001
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  • Introduction
  • Angela Alonso, Universidade de São Paulo
  • Book: The Last Abolition
  • Online publication: 24 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108367394.001
Available formats
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