Racial Articulation and Labor in the 19th Century Brazil

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This article seeks to explain how economic and local political structures shaped the ways in which public officials articulated ideas of race and labor in the nineteenth century Brazil. Employing a comparative historical method, this work advances the literature in two ways. First, it suggests that what we have come to view as a positive valuation of blackness has roots in the economic development prior to the centralized nation-building processes. Second, the findings of this study point to the effects of intra-national factors, such as economic structures and patterns of labor incorporation, in shaping how regional public officials articulated notions of “race,” labor, and progress.

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Judy Bieber (1999) explains that newspapers were used to inform the public about the affairs of provincial governments by publishing laws, assembly debates, and provincial reports (page 162).

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Jenkins (1997) posits that political rhetoric is especially effective “in conjunction with newspaper proprietors, journalists, and commentators” (page 68).

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