Comparative Aspects Of Slavery In Brazil

The Comparative Aspects of Slavery in the United States and Brazil

The United States (U.S) and Brazil are two Western cultures that both went through a period in the 19th century where Africans worked as slaves. In the Southern U.S., slavery was high in the mid-1800s, but it was not abolished until the end of American Civil War in 1865 when the House passed the 13th Amendment. Like the U.S., Portuguese settlers also employed slaves, but slavery was not abolished until the late-1800s. Brazil had more slaves imported and they lived with brutal conditions, yet it was abolished without violence, compared to the United States. Slaves in both countries attempted to escape differently, too. These two foundations of slavery were different,
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Some African-Americans practiced Christianity while still practicing their views and beliefs that they based in Africa. For example, these slaves still did their spiritual dances. Therefore, they merged the two cultures together before assimilating into the American culture. On the other hand, there were several African-Americans who saw their new religion as better and decided to separate themselves from all remnants of their African religion (Lambert, 2002). These African-Americans no longer wanted to associate with their earlier beliefs that they had in their home country and decided to stay Christian from now on because they had accepted Christianity. Most slaves converted to the Methodist or Baptist branches of Christianity. At first, the Methodist branch demoralized slavery, but Baptists were supportive of slavery. White Baptists held slaves at rates that were equal to or slightly above county average (Scully, 2001). These white Baptists were slave owners from five churches in Fauquier, Lunenburg, and Southampton counties in Virginia. There were slaves all branches of Christianity, but mostly Methodism and …show more content…
The majority of Brazilian natives supported slavery and did not fight against slavery, unlike in the United States. Also, Brazilian slaves had few places to go and there were slave catchers that were paid by slave owners to find them. However, they revolted against their owners more often compared to the United States. One of the reasons slaves revolted was due to the fact that the quickly extending sugar economy, reacting to the new economic events created by the disposition of Saint Domingue as a noteworthy maker, most likely prompted higher requests on the subservient population that negatively influenced their lives (Schwartz, 1977). Brazilian slaves who revolted were not a typical group due to the fact that there were more male slaves than female slaves, had a limited age range, skilled in migrant trade, and went as free men through the way they dressed and behaved (Read & Zimmerman, 2014). When slaves revolted, they founded a state of small villages in the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco, which lasted until the late 1600s. Unlike the United States, it was more realistic for Brazilian slaves to revolt against slavery and not escape from

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