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Lynching in Brazil and the United States: definitions, social control and racial identity (1850 to 1940)

Grant number: 19/15433-6
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): February 23, 2020
Effective date (End): August 22, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal researcher:Ricardo Figueiredo Pirola
Grantee:Ricardo Figueiredo Pirola
Host: Alejandro de La Fuente
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Harvard University, United States  

Abstract

The aim of this research project is to analyze the impact of lynching that occurred in the United States, between 1850 and 1940, in Brazil. The decades chosen include precisely the years in which the mention of the subject in Brazilian documentation is very frequent (whether in news from newspapers, editorials, political speeches or literature) and also includes the period of greatest incidence of lynching in American history. Despite recent publications on the subject, especially devoted to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, many issues still deserve further exploration. The project presented here will be hosted at the Afro-Latin American Research Institute (ALARI), at Harvard University (USA), under the supervision of Professor Alejandro de La Fuente. This research is part of a larger study of the history of lynching in Brazil and its connections with the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries, which will result in a new thesis to be presented to the Department of History of UNICAMP, where I am a professor of Brazilian history.

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