NYT-Coolie trade - Excerpts of"The American Coolie-Trade...

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Excerpts of “The American Coolie-Trade,” New York Times , April 21, 1860, sec. 4. By a curious coincidence, which we trust may not be altogether unprofitable to the cause of humanity, the Legislatures of England and America have been almost simultaneously called upon to consider the abuses of the Coolie-trade in the East. The report of Mr. Eliot, of Massachusetts, upon this traffic, has just been laid before the House of Representatives, and though the press before the people of the US. In this report it was proved with terrible distinctness that in the absence of any regulations weighted with the national authority to restrain them from violating the instincts of humanity, American merchants and ship-masters have been gradually drawn into the most atrocious practices in connection with the Coolie-trade on the coasts of the Chinese Empire. The traditional horrors of the African middle-passage have been reenacted, are indeed continually reenacting, under the American flag in the Chinese ports and on the Indian seas. Men are kidnapped by the agents of American mercantile houses, huddled into the unventilated holds of American clipper-ships, restrained of their liberty by force of arms, transported thousands of miles to foreign lands, there disposed of under instruments which they cannot comprehend to masters whose language they do not speak, and condemned to labors
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