“For the better comprehension of the reality of African slaves in Brazil, many scholars used public announcements in newspapers of the 19th century, which announced the sale, purchase and escape of slaves. Gilberto Freyre was one of the first intellectuals to bring attention to the richness of information contained in these documented sources in order to understand the daily universe of the slaves. Thinking of this, he launched O Escravo Nos Anúncios de Jornais Brasileiros do Século XIX (The Slave in Announcements in Brazilian Newspapers of the 19th Century), in 1963.
Giving continuity to the series of publications of the vast legacy of the writer, Global Editora relaunched the title, one of his most incendiary works. Gilberto Freyre, in his research, affirms to have reunited close to ten thousand announcements taken from the newspapers of the 19th century, such as the Diario de Pernambuco and the Jornal do Commercio, among others.
The Slave in Announcements in Brazilian Newspapers of the 19th Century brings forth a rich iconography and includes a beautifully-done introductory text by Alberto da Costa e Silva, diplomat and reknowned historian, especially in the history of Africa. He highlights in his text that “Gilberto, upon leafing through the newspapers of the 19th century, didn’t hesitate in understanding what today appears to be evident, yet passes by unperceived: in those announcements there were excellent outlines of slave portraits, which described the physical appearances, temperments, abilities and ways of dress, while providing precious leads about the violence that they suffered.” – Source (in PT, translated by me)
Thanks to Fábio for the recommendation!