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date: 19 October 2019

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This article examines African slavery in Brazil, a topic and country that have produced such a rich historiography, much of it regionally based. The emergence of black movements in the 1970s and 1980s may be counted as one of the key influences behind much of what is being written about slavery in Brazil today. Black movements not only showed that racial democracy was an unfulfilled ideal but also dethroned the idea that Afro-Brazilians were not able to organize and mobilize themselves, not able to be agents of history. After the rise of the new black movement, Afro-Brazilians would never be the same; nor would the historiography of slavery, even though that connection has yet to become apparent to many historians.

Keywords: African slavery, historiography, black movements, Afro-Brazilians, racial democracy

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