Empire And Antislavery

Spain Cuba And Puerto Rico 1833-1874

Empire and Antislavery surpasses anything available in English on the dynamic political interaction between metropolis and colonies that led to the ending of slavery in Cuba and Puerto Rico. It should become required reading for graduate seminars on the history of Spain and Latin America as well as of slavery and abolition.
Robert L. Paquette, Hamilton College

In 1872, there were more than 300,000 slaves in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Though the Spanish government had passed a law for gradual abolition in 1870, slaveowners, particularly in Cuba, clung tenaciously to their slaves as unfree labor was at the core of the colonial economies. Nonetheless, people throughout the Spanish empire fought to abolish slavery, including the Antillean and Spanish liberals and republicans who founded the Spanish Abolitionist Society in 1865. This book is an extensive study of the origins of the Abolitionist Society and its role in the destruction of Cuban and Puerto Rican slavery and the reshaping of colonial politics.

256 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

May, 1999

isbn : 9780822956907

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Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara is associate professor of history at Fordham University. He is the author of Empire and Antislavery: Spain, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, 1833-1874 and coeditor, with John Nieto-Phillips, of Interpreting Spanish Colonialism: Empires, Nations, and Legends.

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