New Book: “Joaquim Nabuco, British abolitionists and the end of slavery in Brazil: Correspondence 1880-1905”

971742b8-1d2a-4a25-9347-f087911f354c“A little studied aspect of the struggle to abolish slavery in Brazil in the 1880s is the relationship established and maintained between Joaquim Nabuco, the leading Brazilian abolitionist, and the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society in London. The correspondence between Nabuco and Charles Harris Allen, Secretary of the Anti-Slavery Society, and other British abolitionists throughout the decade and beyond reveals a partnership consciously sought by Nabuco in order to internationalise the struggle in Brazil. These letters provide a unique insight into the evolution of Nabuco’s thinking on both slavery and abolition and at the same time a running commentary on the slow and (at least until 1887- 1888 ) uncertain progress of the abolitionist cause in Brazil.” [From the introduction, permission granted by editor]

Edited by Woodrow Wilson Center Public Policy Scholar, Leslie Bethell, the book has earned great reviews. The book was published in Portuguese in December 2008 and is forthcoming in English in February/March 2009. Below is the bibliographical information:

Leslie Bethell and José Murilo de Carvalho (organizadores), Joaquim Nabuco e os abolicionistas britanicos: Correspondencia 1880-1905 (Rio de Janeiro: Topbooks/ Academia Brasileira de Letras, 2008), 450pp. (Bi-lingual edition of the letters)

Joaquim Nabuco, British abolitionists and the end of slavery in Brazil: Correspondence 1880-1905, edited with an introduction by Leslie Bethell and José Murilo de Carvalho (London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2009), 187pp

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