Slavery and Americana in Brazil

Hello Meltingpot Readers,

It’s been a realllllly long time since I’ve posted here and I deeply apologize. I could spend a reallllly long time trying to make it up to you but who wants to hear me beg and plead for you to give me another chance to be your absolute favorite blog hangout? I’m guessing it’s not you. Instead, I’m just going to continue where I left off, providing you with kick-ass content about parenting, pop culture and identity politics.

And speaking of Brazil. No, I really wasn’t speaking of Brazil, but the Olympics are coming up, which would make that a pop culture concept, so that’s how we got here. Anywho, I have an intern from Brazil working with me this summer and she told me that there is a small town in Brazil that was founded by a group of disgruntled Confederates who wanted to keep their slaves despite the United States’ impending abolition of slavery. Hearing that slavery was still legal in Brazil, this brazen group of sore losers packed their stuff and their slaves, crossed an ocean and laid claim to a small region of Sao Paulo and aptly named their new town Americana. If that sounds crazy, that’s because it is in fact, crazy. But it’s also true. And not only is it true, but there is an annual festival still happening today in Americana celebrating its confederate origins. No joke. Read all about it in this New York Times story from May 2016.

I know, it’s cray-cray. Did any of you know about this town or its history? Has anybody been there? As always, I’m listening.

Peace and Welcome Back!

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