Natarajan situates indentureship
within the dialectic between slavery and freedom and extends the logic of Black Atlantic history as precociously modern into the heart of the Indian diaspora.
PM: Agreed, a contract labor system bound both men and women to the rules of indentureship
, to serve as menial laborers on a plantation or estate, and at the mercy of those who had direct power over the routines of their daily lives.
Indo-Caribbean peoples had suffered alienation and marginalization in the Caribbean by the Afro-Trinidadian community who resented their arrival during indentureship
as they competed with the liberated slaves for jobs; hence the need for the quest for home.
The novel is rather interesting in that it covers so many themes in Indian indentureship
not often seen in literary works.
Inconvenienced by emancipation, "King Sugar" had turned to the deceptions of indentureship
, which was little more than a higher form of slavery, to maintain its supply of cheap labour.
A minor flaw of this chapter is the extensive rehashing of the historical information on indentureship
and the status of Indians in the early twentieth century.
Meagher describes indentureship
on the Chincha Islands as 'the most abject slavery' in which men suffered under a severe climate and received floggings for not fulfilling daily guano quotas (p.
Initially it embraced the politico-economic realities of conquest, slavery and indentureship
, and involved indigenous inhabitants of the Caribbean region, Africans, East Indians, Chinese, and all manner of Europeans.
Within a week of Colin completing his four-year indentureship
bulldozers were demolishing the school as the company succumbed to foreign competition.
Robin's collection dates from April 23, 1830, when Richard Cooke signed his indentureship
with a company of ribbon manufacturers.
Caribbean slavery and indentureship
is a big theme, because it looms so large in our histories and still affects us deeply to this day.
34) While they may have worked on sugar, cocoa and coffee estates in the first two years of migration, their contracts were not those defined as indentureship
While gender inequity (in wages and treatment) certainly existed among indentured Indians, researchers suggest that at least "the system of indentureship
did offer conditions under which [women] could earn an independent wage.
Northrup asserts, "[I]f a dictator forces people to Live in squalor and then capitalizes off of basically brutish indentureship
to sell to countries like the United States the cheapest products possible, then countries that value freedom and that feel people deserve a fair wage for a fair day's work are going to lose manufacturing jobs .
From historical records, we know that Chinese indentureship
in the new world largely comprised of single young men.