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The People of the River – Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945 - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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The People of the River: Nature and Identity in Black Amazonia, 1835-1945

Oscar de la Torre


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. He draws on social and environmental history to connect them intimately to the natural landscape and to Indigenous peoples. Relying on this 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. Prior to a ... More

Keywords: Quilombos, Slavery, Abolition, black peasants, environmental creolization, Brazil nuts, Pará, Amazonia, Afro-Brazil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469643243
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oscar de la Torre, author
University of North Carolina at Charlotte