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Posted 10 September 2017 - 04:23 PM

Indentured labour from South Asia (1834-1917)
The conditions at work were harsh, with long working hours and low wages. Given the weak physical condition of the labourers after the long voyage, this took its toll. Available records indicate that the annual mortality rate for Jamaica in 1870 was 12%, and little changed over the years, as thirty years later the same figure was common for Mauritius. Children were expected to work alongside their parents from the time they were 5 years old.
Many workers tried to escape their harsh life but were recaptured, and imprisoned. Sometimes their initial five year contract was doubled to ten years for attempted desertion. At the end of the contract, while some workers chose to return, others decided to stay where they were, particularly women who had left home following a disagreement with their parents because they were unlikely to be accepted back into their family after several years away in a distant country. Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of those who worked on the Kenya-Uganda railways returned to India after the end of their contract.
Migrant workers did try to oppose the abuses of the indentured labour system, but this was difficult. Some sent petitions to the agents of the colonial government who administered the indenture system. According to historical records, indentured workers carried out acts of sabotage and revenge against the plantation owners on numerous occasions, but this just resulted in increased repression.
To the voices of the indentured workers was added the dissenting voice of the growing Indian nationalist movement. Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian freedom movement, saw first hand the plight of Asian indentured labourers in South Africa and campaigned on this issue during the first decade of the 20th century. The system of indentured labour was officially abolished by British government in 1917.

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 05:21 PM

Coolies: How British Reinvented Slavery

A documentary about indentured slavery . Concentrating on the Indian coolie being sent to the sugar plantations after planters and business owners in Britain lost the African slave trade.

Renamed and reinvented to serve the purpose of reaping sweet profit.


A fingerprint...
A number...

Are you a slave to sugar?


The Rise and Fall of the Sugar King, A History of Williamsburg Brooklyn 1844-1909. We talked about working conditions in 19th century sugar refineries, immigration, philanthropists and sugar tycoons. If you are interested in the history of New York City, urban history, labor history, or just a good story check out the interview.

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 02:01 PM

Dr. Sasi Tharoor talks about his book "An Era of Darkness".

This lecture tells the story from an Indian POV. He argues about how the British Empire interfered in India's natural development. He also touches on how historical fiction in the west has promoted a positive bent favoring the British to justify their past looting. He looks deeper into how the Empire plundered the country by siphoning every resource that could be found. He explains how they harnessed the work force in all industry including textiles, ship building, steel, and tremendous taxation policies.

A major complaint is how island British never extended FULL British rights to any of their colonies.

Including their American and Australian ones...


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Posted 27 July 2018 - 07:04 AM

How does one learn to see the "value" in a line. are there sites to go things to look for??
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