Slavery, Race and Citizenship in the Atlantic Regimes of Exception: Brazil, Cuba, and the US, 1776-1848

This project analyzes the intersection between slavery, race, and citizenship in the making of regimes of racial violence in the nineteenthcentury Atlantic World. It demonstrates how the Age of Revolution inaugurated a wave of emancipations in the Americas and, at the same time, a second age for bondage in the United States, Cuba, and Brazil. People of African descent resisted captivity, disenfranchisement, and state repression throughout the hemisphere. Yet slavery and racialized citizenship prevailed in these three societies. The emergence of new slaveholding classes influenced the making of constitutions and criminal law in Spain/Cuba, Brazil, and the United States. Despite the specificities of each political and racial regime, they shared one common experience. Statesmen from these nations resolved the contradictions between constitutional principles and the material reality of slavery by establishing racialized regimes of exception under the rule of law. For the people of African descent who suffered under these regimes, the exception was the norm.

Marcelo Ferraro is a Historical Injustice and Democracy Postdoctoral research Associate at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) and the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Ferraro completed his PhD at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in 2021, having previously received his master’s degree in Social History and his B.A. in History, Law, and Social Sciences at the same institution. His dissertation developed a comparative study on the intersections between slavery and criminal justice in Brazil and the southern United States. He is currently working on his first book on slavery, citizenhip and racial violence in Brazil, Cuba and the United States during the long nineteenth century.

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Samuel Tracol (22 avril 2022). Slavery, Race and Citizenship in the Atlantic Regimes of Exception: Brazil, Cuba, and the US, 1776-1848. CoPALC. Consulté le 20 juillet 2024 à l’adresse

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