Rio de Janeiro's illustrated press celebrated the anniversaries of the Lei Áurea (the Golden Law), which freed slaves in Brazil in 1888. These celebrations occurred mostly in the 1890s, the first years of a new political regime that emerged with the proclamation of the Republic. The purpose of this article is to analyze how the Republican period approached the anniversaries of an important political and social event in the history of Brazil's Empire. We will be dealing with two magazines - Revista Illustrada and Don Quixote- that portrayed the Abolition through different points of view, thus enabling us to understand the political scenario in early Republican Brazil.
abolition; republic; illustrated press; Rio de Janeiro; Angelo Agostini.