Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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The United Kingdom abolished slavery throughout the British Empire in 1833, the act taking effect the next year. But British authorities found a workaround. They used "coolies" - Indian laborers recruited for fixed terms of at least five years - to meet the clamor for cheap labor on tropical plantations. Of the roughly million such emigrants, most were men seeking refuge from the famines that ravaged India in the 19th century.
 
Misty Copeland's 'Life in Motion': fascinating, emotional
Since the Securities and Exchange Commission blessed the conversion of America's stock exchanges from capitalist brokers' cooperatives to privately owned, for-profit markets, the bright-jacketed brokers who once jammed busy trading floors have mostly "gone upstairs" to buy and sell from office computer screens.
 
'Coolie Woman' documents brutality of indentured life
As a child, Misty Copeland had exactly the right body for ballet: lean torso, long flexible legs, small head, gorgeous feet. She was extremely talented, a quick study, and fearless in class and on stage. She had people who believed in her.
 
'Dear Elizabeth': An all-enveloping friendship
It was a year for beauty. The 2014 Pulitzer Prizes in the arts, announced Monday, included awards for a colossal musical response to nature, a blockbuster novel about art, exquisite poetic architecture, and beautifully told true stories of slaves in the early colonies, Margaret Fuller, and toxic pollution.
 
April 16 will henceforth be known as ‘Wawa Day’ in Philadelphia