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HIST250rr8 - Julie Gilbert HIST250, Sec 0101 October 27,...

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Julie Gilbert HIST250, Sec 0101 October 27, 2008 Reading Response 8 The “Mirage of Freedom” was the struggle of the African slave in Brazil during the time he was waiting to be freed and even after he was freed. “Some of the bonds of slavery extended beyond the time of captivity. The liberated Slave was not an entirely free man” (Mattoso, 177). Although an African slave could be liberated, there were still social, cultural and political obstacles rendering them not entirely free at all. The idea of “manumission” states that the slaves were on paper free men, equal to their Brazilian brethren. However, there still existed a stigma for them that were hard to conquer. All slaves born in Brazil who were freed were citizens, but those born in Africa had to undergo a rigorous process to obtain citizenship. In the end, however, “the distinction between the slave and the free man was in the end a sham…freed men behaved in much the same way as slaves” (Mattoso, 183). In this way, manumission was part of the
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