Bitita's Diary: The Autobiography of Carolina Maria de Jesus by Carolina Maria De Jesus

By Carolina Maria De Jesus

Translated via Beth Joan Vinkler, Emanuelle Oliveira

Carolina Maria de Jesus (1914-1977), nicknamed Bitita, used to be a destitute black Brazilian girl born within the rural inside who migrated to the economic urban of Sao Paulo. this is often her autobiography, inclusive of information about her reports of race family and sexual intimidation.

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The City 9. My Son-in-Law 10. Grandfather’s Death 11. School 12. The Farm 13. I Return to the City 14. The Domestic 15. Illness 16. The Revolution 17. The Rules of Hospitality 18. Culture 19. The Safe 20. The Medium 21. The Mistress 22. Being a Cook Afterword About the Editor Foreword The Latin American Realities series presents aspects of life not usually covered in standard histories that tell the stories of governments, economic development, and institutions. Books in this series dwell on different facets of life, equally important, but not often analyzed or described.

They had already lost faith in the ruling class and in themselves. The slave trade began in the year 1515. It ended in the year 1888. The blacks were enslaved for almost 400 years. When a black man got old, he would go out begging. He begged in the country. Only those who were licensed beggars could beg in the city. The town council issued a metal tag with a number after the person was examined by a doctor and his handicap was proven. And the beggar couldn’t lend money and charge interest. They were inspected.

I wanna be a man! ” I kept it up all day long. The neighbors got impatient, “Dona5 Cota, spank this little black girl! What a pain this girl is! ” But my mother indulged me and said, “When you see a rainbow, you run under it. ” And my gaze turned to the sky. That being the case, I would have to wait until it rained, and then the rainbow would appear. I quit crying for a few days. One night, it rained. I got up to see if I could find the rainbow. My mother came to see what I was doing. ” My mother didn’t talk much.

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