Who were the Coolie? How did gender impact their role in a labor regime under the British?
When we think of plantation labor, we think enslaved people. We more often than not have never heard of the Coolie, This is their story
In the early 19th century, abolitionist called for the end of the slave trade which left a labor void in the expanding British empire. In response to the labor void, the British empire began investing in indentured servitude from South Asia, who later became know as the Coolie.