A Passage from India: The East Indian Indenture Experience in Trinidad 1845-1885

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Title: A Passage from India: The East Indian Indenture Experience in Trinidad 1845-1885
Author: Persad, Rajesh Surendra
Advisors: Clifford Griffin, Committee Member
Richard Slatta, Committee Member
David Gilmartin, Committee Chair
Abstract: The purpose of this research has been to analyze the social relationships that developed during the formative years of East Indian indenture system in the Trinidad. This work is an attempt to explore how the East Indian indentured immigrants in Trinidad individually and collectively navigated through the experience of servitude to form a collective identity and become established in a foreign land as they evolved from transient laborers to permanent settlers. Without the Indian laborers the sugar industry and the island’s prosperity faced ruin while the perceived prosperity of the Indians inspired resentment. Caught between the worlds of freedom and unfreedom, the Indians sought to establish themselves within Trinidad’s society.
Date: 2008-10-29
Degree: MA
Discipline: History
URI: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/resolver/1840.16/1372


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