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The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838–1956A History$
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James Heartfield

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190491673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190491673.001.0001

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Land and Labour in the Colonies

Land and Labour in the Colonies

(p.391) 17 Land and Labour in the Colonies
The British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society, 1838–1956

James Heartfield

Oxford University Press

Under the new Secretary John Harris, the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society was increasingly caught up in the troubled questions of land distribution and labor in the colonies. Since it had supported colonization, the Society was, like the colonial authorities, now more responsible for the way that work was ordered. Harris supported the allocation of prime lands to colonists, even though the evidence was that it tended to reduce Africans to dependent labor. When the Colonial Office ordered a survey of compulsory labor, they and the Anti-Slavery Society were taken aback at the extent of it in Africa and Fiji. Too often the Society made apologies for forced labor in East Africa, Egypt and elsewhere along the same lines as the Colonial Office, as public exigency.

Keywords:   Forced labor, Reserved land, Kenya, Egypt, Fiji, Colonialism, Settlers

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