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Maharinis Misery Narratives of a Passage from India to the Caribbean

Verene A. Shepherd

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Title: Maharinis Misery Narratives of a Passage ...

Publisher: University of the West Indies Press

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Paperback. 208 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 5.8in. x 0.8in.Following the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean, a concerted effort was made to replace enslaved labor with indentured Indian labor, and this book recounts the story of one womans tragic experience in trying to immigrate to the Caribbean in the nineteenth century. The book combines documentary evidence with a surrounding narrative interpretation in order to highlight the experiences of the young Indian woman, Maharani, who was allegedly raped and died subsequently on board the ship Allanshaw that sailed from Calcutta to colonial Guyana in 1885. The work sheds light on the general history of bonded labor migration as well as sexploitation. Maharanis death gave rise to an extraordinary nine-day investigation involving some twenty-two witnesses, including some of the emigrants themselves. By making use of the emigrants depositions, the book projects the voice of the indentured servants from India on their long voyage to the Caribbean. The events on this passage from India provide further evidence that 19th-century labor migration replicated several aspects of the middle passage of enslaved Africans, although it never reached slaverys brutal limits. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9789766401214

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Synopsis: Following the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean, a concerted effort was made to replace enslaved labour with indentured Indian labour. This is the story of one Indian woman's tragic experience in trying to immigrate to the Caribbean in the 19th century.

About the Author: Verene A. Shepherd is Professor of History, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Her major books include Transients to Settlers: The Experience of Indians in Jamaica, 1845-1950; Women in Caribbean History; Engendering History: Caribbean Women in Historical Perspective, edited with Bridget Brereton and Barbara Bailey; Working Slavery, Pricing Freedom: Perspectives from the Caribbean, Africa and the African Diaspora (ed.); Caribbean Slavery in the Atlantic World: A Student Reader, edited with Hilary Beckles; and Questioning Creole: Creolisation Discourses in Caribbean Culture, edited with Glen Richards.

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