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Joseph C. Miller Lecture by Adriana Chira

In nineteenth-century Santiago de Cuba, the island of Cuba's radical cradle, Afro-descendant peasants forged freedom and devised their own formative path to emancipation. Drawing on understudied archives, this talk explores a new history of Black rural geography and popular legalism, and offers a new framework for thinking about nineteenth-century Black freedom. Santiago de Cuba's Afro-descendant peasantries did not rely on liberal-abolitionist ideologies as a primary reference point in their struggle for rights. Instead, they negotiated their freedom and land piecemeal, through colonial legal frameworks that allowed for local custom and manumission. They gradually wore down the institution of slavery through litigation and self-purchase. Long before residents of Cuba protested for national independence and island-wide emancipation in 1868, it was Santiago's Afro-descendant peasants who, gradually and invisibly, laid the groundwork for emancipation.
Time
Monday, 09.05.2022 - 16:15 - 18:00
Event format
Lecture series
Topic
Patchwork Freedoms: Law and Slavery beyond Cuba’s Plantations
Target groups

Students

Researchers

Languages
English
Location
Online via zoom
Reservation
not required
Organizer
BCDSS
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