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Black associativism as seen through Frederico Baptista de Souza's story - São Paulo (1870-1940)

Grant number: 17/12859-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2018
Effective date (End): December 29, 2022
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal researcher:Lucilene Reginaldo
Grantee:Livia Maria Tiede
Home Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/21979-5 - Between slavery and the burden of freedom: workers and forms of labor exploitation in historical perspective, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):18/22875-2 - Black associativism as seen through Frederico Baptista de Souza's story (1875-1930), BE.EP.DR

Abstract

I propose investigating black associativism in São Paulo using as guide and conducting thread the trajectory of Frederico Baptisa de Souza. In his time, he was seen as a leader of clubs and associations and he also had influence in several titles of the black press. Still not truly explored, his long history of activism goes back to the end of the nineteenth century and remains at least until de beginning of the 1930s. Frederico's interaction with other leaders of the black movement point to political disputes that were removed both from his biography and from other, posterior accounts written by chroniclers. The discovery of hidden conflict communicates unknown aspects of important groups such as the Clarim d'Alvorada, the Sociedade Cooperadora Clarim d'Alvorada, and the Frente Negra Brasileira, in which he was in office in crucial moments of the organization. Aside from his participation in black clubs and newspapers, he was involved in political parties and religious confraternity and was also a public employee at the Law School for over 40 years. Researching his individual experience will allow for a better understanding on the black movement in São Paulo and a broader picture of the alliances with other organized sectors of society. Therefore, this research will lead to new historiographical interpretations on black associativism during the post-abolition period in the city of São Paulo.

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