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Introduction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 February 2022

Adriana Chira
Affiliation:
Emory University, Atlanta
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In Santiago, in Cuba’s far east, a region known to be the cradle of radicalism on the island, peasant communities of African descent laid a distinctive path to emancipation during the nineteenth century. Afro-descendant peasantries did not rely on liberal-abolitionist ideologies of universal freedom as a primary reference point in their struggle for rights. Instead, as they occupied land and pulled themselves out of slavery through manumission, fugitiveness, and unrest, they negotiated their rights through a colonial legal framework that allowed room for local custom. As they chipped away at the institution of slavery gradually yet consistently, they also reimagined colonial racial systems before any of Cuba’s prominent nineteenth-century liberal intellectuals. This introduction provides an outline of the book's main argument and the six chapters that follow.

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Patchwork Freedoms
Law, Slavery, and Race beyond Cuba's Plantations
, pp. 1 - 29
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Introduction
  • Adriana Chira, Emory University, Atlanta
  • Book: Patchwork Freedoms
  • Online publication: 10 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108583596.002
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  • Introduction
  • Adriana Chira, Emory University, Atlanta
  • Book: Patchwork Freedoms
  • Online publication: 10 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108583596.002
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  • Introduction
  • Adriana Chira, Emory University, Atlanta
  • Book: Patchwork Freedoms
  • Online publication: 10 February 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108583596.002
Available formats
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