Punishment in Paradise: Race, Slavery, Human Rights, and a Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Penal Colony
Peter M. Beattie is Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. He is the author of
Of Captivity and Incarceration: Human Rights Reform in Atlantic Perspective
2015. "Of Captivity and Incarceration: Human Rights Reform in Atlantic Perspective", Punishment in Paradise: Race, Slavery, Human Rights, and a Nineteenth-Century Brazilian Penal Colony, Peter M. Beattie
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This chapter examines the sequencing and depth of reforms intended to abolish flogging, capital punishment, and slavery in relation to different categories of the intractable poor in Brazil and abroad. It delves deeper into the national and international context to highlight how these three movements influenced one another. These political battles reveal divergent national attitudes toward segregation, citizenship, race mixture, the law, and efforts to shape Brazil’s international image. This chapter demonstrates that Brazilian leaders limited and then abolished the death penalty in part because after the U.S. Civil War Brazil became the last independent nation in the Americas to...