Paying the Price of Freedom: Family and Labor Among Lima's Slaves, 1800-1854

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Christine Hünefeldt documents in impressive, moving detail the striving and ingenuity, the hard-won triumphs and bitter defeats of slaves who sought liberation in nineteenth-century urban Peru. Drawing on judicial, ecclesiastical, and notarial records—including the testimony of the slaves themselves—she uncovers the various strategies slaves invented to gain their freedom.

Hünefeldt pays particular attention to marriage relations and family life. Slaves used their family solidarity as a strategy, while slaveowners used the conflicts within families to prevent manumission. The author's focus on gender relations between slaveowners and slaves, as well as between slaves, is particularly original. Her eye for ethnographic detail and her perceptive reading of the documentary evidence make this book a rich and important contribution to the study of slavery in Latin America.

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"A splendid and important contribution to a growing body of literature on nineteenth-century slavery and abolition."—Frederick P. Bowser, Stanford University

"I know of no other work on Latin American slavery during the decades before emancipation that captures the slaves' relentless pursuit of freedom as poignantly as does this one."—Francisco A. Scarano, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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"A splendid and important contribution to a growing body of literature on nineteenth-century slavery and abolition." (Frederick P. Bowser, Stanford University)

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