Wednesday, September 28, 2011

On September 28

On this day in ...
... 1871 (140 years ago today), a law known as Lei Rio Branco or Lei Vente Livre was promulgated by the Brazilian Parliament. (1871 map credit) It provided that children born in Brazil to slaves would not themselves be considered slaves. "Although the children were set free, the measure allowed the parents’ owners to require such children to work until they reached age 21." The law was one of several incremental steps toward the complete abolition of slavery in Brazil. (prior post)

(Prior September 28 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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