Gradual Abolition and the Dynamics of Slave Emancipation in Cuba, 1868-86

TitleGradual Abolition and the Dynamics of Slave Emancipation in Cuba, 1868-86
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1983
AuthorsScott, Rebecca J.
JournalHispanic American Historical Review
Pagination449 - 477
Date Published08/1983

The abolition of slavery in Cuba is usually examined as a series of discrete legal and political events, viewed either as the expression of increasing contradictions within the Cuban economic system or as the result of domestic and international pressures exerted on the Spanish government. The sequence of events begins with a declaration of emancipation by Cuban insurgents rebelling against Spain in 1868, followed by the passage of the Moret Law by the Spanish Cortes in 1870, then by the establishment of the patronato, or apprenticeship, in 1880, and finally by the termination of the patronato in 1886. This article focuses instead on the developing interaction of individuals and classes during this process of change, in an effort to determine the social dynamics that underlay these legal and political events.

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