The translation of Keila Grinberg's 2002 study of Brazilian citizenship invigorates English-language discussions on comparative slavery, law, and Afro-diasporic thought. This impressive analysis of Antonio Pereira Rebouças's writings and public career provides fresh understandings of liberalism and Black intellectual history and opens for discussion the questions and approaches animating slavery and legal studies in the Brazilian academy.

O fiador dos brasileiros emerged from a doctoral dissertation defended at the Universidade Federal Fluminense in 2000. It followed Grinberg's first book, Liberata, a lei da ambigüidade: As ações de liberdade da Corte de Apelação do Rio de Janeiro no século XIX, an innovative study of freedom lawsuits that grew from an undergraduate thesis and appeared in 1994, as she began doctoral work. Still highly regarded by historians, Liberata, a lei da ambigüidade conveys two hallmarks of 1990s historiography: first, that popular actors, including...

You do not currently have access to this content.