Legacy Of The Lash: Race And Corporal Punishment In The Brazilian Navy And The Atlantic World

Hardcover | November 12, 2014

byZachary R. Morgan

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Legacy of the Lash is a compelling social and cultural history of the Brazilian navy in the decades preceding and immediately following the 1888 abolition of slavery in Brazil. Focusing on non-elite, mostly black enlisted men and the oppressive labor regimes under which they struggled, the book is an examination of the four-day Revolta da Chibata (Revolt of the Lash) of November 1910, during which nearly half of Rio de Janeiro's enlisted men rebelled against the use of corporal punishment in the navy. These men seized four new, powerful warships, turned their guns on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's capital city, and held its population hostage until the government abolished the use of the lash as a means of military discipline. Although the revolt succeeded, the men involved paid dearly for their actions. This event provides a clear lens through which to examine racial identity, violence, masculinity, citizenship, modernity, and the construction of the Brazilian nation.

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Legacy of the Lash is a compelling social and cultural history of the Brazilian navy in the decades preceding and immediately following the 1888 abolition of slavery in Brazil. Focusing on non-elite, mostly black enlisted men and the oppressive labor regimes under which they struggled, the book is an examination of the four-day Revolta...

Zachary R. Morgan is a fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:November 12, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253014204

ISBN - 13:9780253014207

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Table of Contents

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1. Introduction: Race and Violence in Brazil and its Navy

2. Legislating the Lash

3. Control of the Lower Decks, 1860-1893

4. Roots of a Rebellion

5. The Revolt of the Lash

6. The Aftermath

7. Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

"Legacy of the Lashis a stellar contribution to the growing global scholarship on mutiny and maritime radicalism. Zachary R. Morgan brings back to vibrant life the history-making powers of Brazil's motley crews in the early twentieth century." -Marcus Rediker, author ofThe Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom