Dutra's World Wealth and Family in Nineteenth-Century Rio de Janeiro
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Description: The relation of slavery to Brazil's economic and social history has long fascinated researchers. Zephyr Frank focuses on nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro, where almost half of the city's residents laboured as slaves of diverse owners in a complex urban setting. Slavery persisted in the Brazilian city, in part, because it was entrenched among upwardly mobile entrepreneurs who hired their slaves out for wages, employed them in family businesses, and bought and sold them for profit. Changes in the institution of slavery and the economy of the city gradually limited access to slaves, constricting avenues of social mobility for slaveholders and transforming the lives of the slaves themselves. Frank uses the experiences of one person, Antonio Jos Dutra, as an example of a middling urban slaveholder. Dutra, a former slave himself, owned thirteen slaves whom he employed in his barbering business and musical band. Dutra's story is part of the larger picture Frank paints of those who owned slaves, how they fit into the social and economic development of Brazil, and what slaves and their owners did as slavery rose and then gradually declined in Rio de Janeiro. Frank traces social mobility, race, class, and slaveholding patterns, basing his analysis on inheritance records. Rich in detail, these records reveal layers of historical meaning regarding the accumulation of wealth, social mobility, family ties, and the social and cultural practices surrounding death.
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Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 10/30/2004
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
|Note on orthography, currency, and units of measure|
|Economy and social structure in Rio de Janeiro, circa 1820|
|Dutra's world, circa 1849|
|Social structure in Rio de Janeiro, 1850s and beyond|
|Pathways to wealth in Rio de Janeiro, 1815-1860|
|Death and dying|
|Family and gender|
|Sampling procedures and sensitivity analysis|