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Varia Historia

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MARTINEZ, Cláudia Eliane Parreiras Marques. Heritages from the slavery past: material culture and wealth in Minas Gerais. Varia hist. [online]. 2011, vol.27, n.46, pp.415-442. ISSN 0104-8775.

This article analyzes the modifications of material culture and wealth in Vale do Paraopeba/MG over seven decades (1840/1914). It assumes that the end of slavery in an economy of internal supply profoundly changed the relationship of society with their objects, goods and equipment in the domestic and labor world. This argument leads to consequences regarding the possession of slaves, the appreciation of land, the fractionation of properties and the dispersion of great fortunes after 1888. Such issues could only be observed and criticized due to a database composed of 761 post-mortem inventories and other supplementary documents. It is the history of these material changes that it will be to discuss in this article.

Keywords : material culture; wealth; economy of internal supply; transitioning of slave labor; Vale do Paraopeba/MG.

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