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Chica da Silva: A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century (New Approaches to the Americas) Paperback – November 17, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0521711555 ISBN-10: 052171155X Edition: 1st

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"...impressive, definitive study..." -Choice

"In Chica da Silva, Júnia Ferreira Furtado offers a compelling account of the life and world of Francisca da Silva de Oliveira." -Mariana L. R. Dantas, Journal of Social History

"excellent book...moves beyond the myths to uncover ther real Chica." -Katherine Holt, Journal of World History

Book Description

Furtado's study of Chica da Silva provides a historical perspective on a woman's agency, her cultural universe , and the myths that were created around her in subsequent centuries, which made her a symbol of both racial democracy and licentiousness and sensuality often attributed to the Brazillian black or mulatta female.
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Product Details

  • Series: New Approaches to the Americas
  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 052171155X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521711555
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got this book for one of my summer classes. It's better to buy through Amazon and it is much cheaper!
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By 627LA on January 31, 2014
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Too much detail and not enough actual real-life stories/events about Xica DaSilva. This reads like a dissertation or master's thesis. She did great research, but the book is missing a certain element. Two chapters are devoted solely to details about every single item that pardo (free slave women) accumulated or owned. She tries so hard to show that Xica, and other free slave women like her had material possessions, that she loses sight of the story. Plus, she is contradicting herself by saying they were not at the mercy of their former opressors when in fact they still were -none of them were "legally" married to these men, and not accepted by white society. She did not demystify Xica for me, the book is really about freed slave women in Brazil in the 18th century.
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By M. Castro on October 31, 2013
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This book is really interesting, you get to know about slave and the way they lived.
I highly recommend it. You will love it.
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By Manuel J. Acosta on November 30, 2012
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I like history books and brazil is exotic for me hope i like Chica da Silva I saw TV series
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By Michael Peitsinovski on August 12, 2014
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Good book!
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