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After her liberation, she saw herself obliged to return to the haciendas, despite having no master, in order to survive. In Curiana, during harvest time, Felicia harvested coffee; in Cangonga she helped to gather reeds and tomatoes. She always turned up wherever the earth was being plowed, planted and toiled, she helped those that labored and she helped the women wash dishes and clothes. ] Thus for peoples of African descent, landless and adrift in a politically reconfigured world, this juridical “liberation” did little more than reenergize the dynamics of uprootedness.
Cada “nación” tomaba su parte de terreno, y esas eran las canchas, como también los son hoy y así las llamamos en todos los casos análogos, sea cual sea su objeto. ” . . ] These fugitive territories, established and dismantled each Sunday, provided a unique configuration of space and society. Chronicler Isidoro De María in 34 / Being and Blackness in Latin America Montevideo antiguo (qtd. in Rossi) explains that in “esos barrios, de notoriedad y distinción” [those notorious/well-known and distinguished neighborhoods] [s]e observaba verdadera democracia, se respectaban las expansiones del humilde aunque fuera negro.
The mulatto, colonial even in his tastes, unconsciously favors things Hispanic, not autochthony. ] 42 / Being and Blackness in Latin America The Marxian thinker will advise that only with socialism could the Peruvian Black be redeemed. Thus, Blackness—always, already negatively marked—was predictably further corrupted by the slave-master relationship and, what is more, spread contagion when in contact with indigenous peoples. Both attitudes underscore the experiences of urban slaves in countries such as Mexico and Peru, with a smaller number of bondspeople, in terms of social mobility, economic opportunities, speed of manumission, and the proximity of free and indentured peoples of Africa descent (Hünefeldt 9–17), liberties more difficult to access in the rural plantation setting of slaveocracies such as those of Cuba, the United States, Brazil.