This article compares two cases in which Brazilian abolitionists mobilized around a law passed in 1843 to prohibit British subjects, no matter where they resided, from owning slaves. Placing a case against a large British-owned gold mine in Minas Gerais alongside outcry against a Scottish widow who owned two slaves in Recife, the article argues that this law was used as a rhetorical tool to gain support for abolitionism and create public outrage against British slaveholders in Brazil at a moment of expanding public participation in abolitionism as a form of nationalism.
- British Abolitionism
- Brazilian Abolitionism
- Act for the More Effectual Suppression of the Slave Trade
- Sociedade Nova Emancipadora
- St. John d’el Rey Mining Company
- Morro Velho
- Abolitionist discourse