The 1835 Household Census for Santiago do Iguape, Bahia, records a detailed portrait of more than seven thousand inhabitants of a Brazilian sugar plantation region, over half of whom were enslaved. The information recorded includes the name, age, race, marital status, occupation, and free or enslaved status of the members of each household. This source allows researchers and students an opportunity to better understand the patterns of life and work in one of the centers of Atlantic slavery.
Professors at small liberal arts colleges face a special set of challenges as we integrate Brazil into our teaching of Latin American history, politics, and culture. This working group unites Brazilianists from several disciplinary perspectives to share ideas on issues including incorporating Brazil into Latin American surveys, approaching study abroad in Brazil, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration, and including Brazilian perspectives in Latin American Literature courses at institutions that do not teach Portuguese.
Organized by Cynthia Palmer, Associate Professor of Spanish, and Katie Holt, Assistant Professor of History, The College of Wooster for LASA 2009