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'Coolie Woman' documents brutality of indentured life
Posted on Sun, Apr 13, 2014
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.
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