Isabel Orleans-Braganca: The Brazilian Princess Who Freed the Slaves

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McFarland, Nov 28, 2007 - History - 300 pages
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This is a biography of Isabel Orleans-Braganca, daughter of the last emperor of Brazil. At a time when the voices of women went mostly unheard, Orleans-Braganca was a skilled and vocal politician. She was also a determined abolitionist, committed to peacefully ending slavery in the country that first introduced slavery to America. Thrust into the political spotlight after the death of her two brothers and illness of her father, Orleans-Braganca became acting head of state just as revolution was sweeping the country. She soon found herself in a race to save the constitutional government and free the nation's slaves before a coup d'etat ended her time in power.
 

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Contents

Introduction to a Princess
1
Exiles Under the Southern Cross
7
Swords from the Hands of a Woman
10
It Is Impossible to Rule Innocently
20
Schemes and Plans
27
Restless Intrigues
32
We Unfortunate Princesses
37
My Soul Has Never Been Enslaved
43
The Far Reaches of Barbarism
130
A Blind Alley with No Way Out
136
Isabels Lament
141
The Never Ending War
146
Flowers Not Blood
151
The Loss of All Our Hopes
157
Just a Dream
163
Great and Good Friend
170

Fire from Two Sides
47
The Apple Is Ripe
51
Cancer
55
First Empress of the New World
60
My Beloved Son and Emperor
65
Orphans of the State
70
Fairy Princess
75
A Brazilian with All My Heart
80
Heir to the Throne of Brazil
84
To Direct the Constitutional Government of an Empire
89
A Living Symbol
94
On the Surface of a Volcano
99
No Place for Women
106
Side by Side
111
God and Our Hearts
115
A Winter Is Before Us
120
A Wife Should Not Wish to Act Independently
126
The Best Virtues of Having Power
175
The Politics of Horror
180
A Cordial Democracy
184
The Place Which Is Rightfully Hers
191
Walking Toward an Abyss
197
The Unfathomable Designs of Providence
204
The Hour of Reason
212
Turning Point
222
Fight for the Princess
231
Conspiracy
241
Exiles Under the Southern Cross
247
Monarchs of Portugal 32853
255
The Monarchy in Brazil 808889
257
Chapter Notes
259
Bibliography
277
Index
287
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James McMurtry Longo is a professor of education and chair of the Education Department at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, and author of six other books.

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