Indentureship vs Slavery

Topics: Slavery, Caribbean, Africa Pages: 3 (523 words) Published: January 30, 2013
Statement Of Task

‘To what extent can it be successfully argued that East Indian indentureship was similar to African slavery?’

Table Of Content

4………………………………………………………………………………Introduction

5………………………………………………………………………………Body

6………………………………………………………………………………Body

7………………………………………………………………………………Conclusion

8………………………………………………………………………………Bibliography

Introduction

This assignment is based on the comparison of African slavery as against East Indian indentureship. It includes the position with which I have taken and evidence to prove my point.

Body

It is my view to argue that East Indian indentureship was not similar to African slavery. I take this view for several reasons; (1) Voluntary Decision and Forceful Will
(2) Different Treatment
(3) Payment

It can be safely argued that the Africans were enslaved for life and they did not have a choice to work on the plantations, they were forced to. Only few were free because of manumission which is the buying of their freedom or successful escapes. African children were born enslaved and there was no possibility of repatriation to Africa. On 5th May, 1838 Indian Arrival had begun. The indentured Indians were under a labour contract of five years. They had a choice to choose whether or not to work on the plantations for that given period of time. An ex-indentured Indian was legally free. Children who came from India and locally born children were not indentured. Indians also had the right to repatriation. Isn’t the fact that the East Indians made a voluntary decision and the Africans came by a forceful will evidence to prove that their circumstances were different? The treatment of slaves and the Indian indentures were different. There were no laws on how the slave master could punish his slaves. They were brutally punished and beaten. Slave women were raped and no efforts were made to prevent it. On the other hand, this punishment was restricted for the Indian Immigrants. Some...
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