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Slavery, Freedom, and Abolition in Latin America and the Atlantic World

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

The last New World countries to abolish slavery were Cuba and Brazil, more than twenty years after slave emancipation in the United States. Why slavery was so resilient and how people in Latin America fought against it are the subjects of this compelling study.

Beginning with the roots of African slavery in the fifteenth- and sixteenth-century Iberian empires, this work explores central issues, including the transatlantic slave trade, labor, Afro-Latin American cultures, racial identities in colonial slave societies, and the spread of antislavery ideas and social movements.

A study of Latin America, this work, with its Atlantic-world framework, will also appeal to students of slavery and abolition in other Atlantic empires and nation-states in the early modern and modern eras.


Christopher Schmidt-Nowara is Professor of History and Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization at Tufts University.


"No other synthesis of Ibero-American slavery exists in such an accessible and concise form. This volume is ideal for classroom use, yet its strong comparative and Atlantic perspective also offers insight for more established scholars. Highly recommended."



"(Schmidt-Nowara's) book serves as a valuable introduction to the topic as well as an incentive to pursue the subject further."


Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

6 x 9 in. 216 pages 21 halftones, 4 maps, 8 tables