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I. Tea [concluded] a. The Tea Revolution in India i. Infrastructure 1. Men worked in the industry more than woman initially, until eventually women joined too ii Indian Tea Association b Indentured Labor i Promises 1. Contracts signed where (basic) housing and living requirements are provided ii Realities 1. "basic" living provisions weren't enough to live off of ii Immobilizing and isolation labor 1. Work supervision - a. Similar to slavery in terms of violence b. Very controlling system in which poverty is created 2 Restricted movements a. "employees" weren't allowed to leave the plantation b. If they ran away, they'd be sought out with hounds c. Area was fenced 2 Controlling pay (creating debt/dependency) a. Upon breaking rules set by the plantation owner, workers would have their wages cut b. Provisions were provided at the plantation "store" in which workers would spend their wages purchasing things which would in turn return money to the plantation owner b Victorian Tea i Increases in British Consumption 1 During the end of the 19th century, almost everyone was consuming tea 2 Different types of teas 3 If one is consuming tea, they are not consuming alcohol - This means there is less crime/laziness as a result of being intoxicated. 4 The British "industriousness" began to rise as less alcohol was being consumed, drinkers would increasingly work harder.

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