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Race in Brazil: A Historical Overview

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Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology

102 Kroeber Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720

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Brazil was the site of the largest slave-based economy in the Americas and the last country in the hemisphere to abolish the institution. For most of the twentieth century, Brazil was described as a “racial democracy” – a place where clear racial categories and race-based discrimination do not exist. This presentation discusses the history of slavery, emancipation, and post-emancipation in Brazil to challenge this theory, as well as to compare and contrast how race relations developed in Brazil and the United States.

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Maria Almeida Reis is a second year PhD student in the UC Berkeley Department of History, focusing on Portuguese political economy in colonial Amazonia. She was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but moved to the Washington DC at the age of 11. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where she focused on 20th century Spanish and Portuguese history.

Photo: Operários, 1933 - Tarsila do Amaral

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