Podcast Episode 7

Episode 7 – June 28, 2021

Zachary Morgan: Exploring Race, Freedom, and Citizenship in Brazil

This week on Dialogues in Afrolatinidad Dr. Michele Reid-Vazquez chats with Dr. Zach Morgan, an Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Penn State University. He is passionate about issues of race, freedom, and citizenship as applied to Afro-Brazilians and other Afro-Latin Americans. He also draws attention to the differences between abolition in the US and across Latin America, and elaborates on two activist movements that connect his research on 19th century Brazil to modern Afro-Latin American communities in the region.

Zachary MorganWebsite and Social Media

Episode Resources


Zachary R. Morgan, Legacy of the Lash: Race and Corporal Punishment in Brazil and the Atlantic World, Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014. 

George Reid Andrews, Afro-Latin America Black Lives, 1600–2000, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016. 

George Reid Andrews, Blacks and Whites in São Paulo, Brazil 1888–1988, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1991.   

Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, New York:Basic Books, 2016.  

Peter M. Beattie, The Tribute of Blood: Army, Honor, Race, and Nation in Brazil, 1864–1945, Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.

Thomas Skidmore, Black into White: Race and Nationality in Brazilian Thought, Durham: Duke University Press Books, 1992. 

J. Michael Turner, Les Bresiliens: The Impact of Former Brazilian Slaves Upon Dahomey, Boston: Boston University, 1975. 


Zachary R. Morgan, “Abdias do Nascimento and the Origins of Afro-Latin America,” Journal of Black Studies, forthcoming 2022.

Zachary R. Morgan, Revolta da Chibata: Conscription, Corporal Punishment, and State Control of Free Afro-Brazilians,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, February 2021.

Zachary R. Morgan, “The Military in Modern Latin America” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Latin American Studies, Ed. Ben Vinson III, New York: Oxford University Press, 10-28-2011.

Zachary R. Morgan, “Legislating the Lash: Race and the Conflicting Modernities of Enlistment and Corporal Punishment in the Brazilian Military during the Empire,” Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History V.5, N.2, Fall 2004.

Documentary Film

Exterminate all the Brutes, Raoul Peck, Director, 2021.

Movements/Organizations – Landlessness, Education, Affirmative Action, Policing

Jaime Amparo Alves, The Anti-Black City: Police Terror and Black Urban Life in Brazil, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018.

What is MST?”  Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, MSTBrazil.org, 2021.

News Release, “Affirmative action policies increased minority enrollment at Brazilian universities, ”EurekaAlert, American Association for the Advancement of Science, January 8, 2020.

Rebecca Senn Tarlau, Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers Movement Transformed Brazilian Education, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Edward Telles and Marcelo Paixão, “Affirmative Action in Brazil,” LASA Forum Volume xliv, Issue 2 (Spring 2013 ): 10-12. 

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