The people of the river : nature and identity in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945 / Oscar de la Torre
- De la Torre, Oscar (Historian)
- Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- xiii, 225 pages ; 24 cm
- Introduction: two stories about rivers, people, and politics -- After the reign of terror : slavery and the economy of post-Cabanagem Pará, 1835-c.1870 -- Killing the big snake : myth and history in the Trombetas River, 1800-1888 -- I do not buy my freedom because I am not a fool : environmental creolization and the erection of communities in the senzalas, 1850-1888 -- Working almost as slaves : the post-abolition Brazil nut trade, 1888-1930 -- Citizens of Tauapará : landscape, law, and citizenship in the senzalas, 1862-c.1944 -- The people of the Curuá River : black rural protest and the Vargas era in Amazonia, 1921-1945 -- Conclusion.
- "In this history of the black peasants of Amazonia, Oscar de la Torre focuses on the experience of African-descended people navigating the transition from slavery to freedom. Drawing on social and environmental history, he connects the Amazonians intimately to their natural landscapes. Relying on the natural world as a repository for traditions, discourses, and strategies that they retrieved especially in moments of conflict, Afro-Brazilians fought for autonomous communities and developed a vibrant ethnic identity that supported their struggles over labor, land, and citizenship."--
- 9781469643236 hardcover ; alkaline paper, 1469643235 hardcover ; alkaline paper, 9781469643243 paperback ; alkaline paper, and 1469643243 paperback ; alkaline paper
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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