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Sa-weeeet. [Nov. 17th, 2005|12:06 pm]
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The first food boycott in history was organized by abolitionists against sugar because its harvesting was done by slaves. By forging sugar or by purchasing sugar from the East Indies (which did not use slaves), the Anti-Saccharite Society claimed that eight families that each typically used five pounds of sugar a week would over the course of twenty years, prevent the slavery or murder of one hundred people. One supporter of the boycott was Mrs. B. Henderson, a businesswoman in London who sold sugar basins wiht cold letters that proclaimed “East India sugar not made by slaves.”
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From: kiwioverture
2005-11-17 10:09 am (UTC)
Well... serfs would be a better term.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-11-17 10:24 am (UTC)
Was there serfdom in East India? Indentured servitude?
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From: kiwioverture
2005-11-17 10:27 am (UTC)
It wasn't called that, but the british took their land and then made them pay rent with a huge portion of their crops. They were too poor to go anywhere. This kept up until Ghandi started the whole non-violent revolution thing.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2005-11-17 10:32 am (UTC)
I guess I didn't realize it went back that far. Thanks for the info.

-- And I suppose that because they weren't slave by name and since Mrs. B. Henderson was a businesswoman in London, I can see how she would have preferred that people by sugar from the East Indies where the land was taken by Britian.
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