The Guardian • slavery

Sugar cane plantation, c 1923. Issue #2050

Sugar and blackbirding

The Queensland sugar industry annually generates $2 billion, and this industry began with indentured labour. In July 2021 the mayor of Bundaberg, Jack Dempsey, made...

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The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel de Foe. Cover artist: A F Lydon. Issue #2067

Marx and Robinson Crusoe: British Imperialism and the slave trade

Marxist literary criticism explains a literary work, a novel, through an analysis of the human-social relationships which reflect the economic base of the story, rather...

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Issue #1982

Capitalism, racism, and slavery – how they are connected

In a modern society, it is hard to imagine that our ancestors ever supported or tolerated slavery.

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Issue #2010

How your super is fighting modern slavery

Most Australians think slavery has been consigned to the scrapheap of history. They’d be shocked to know that it is very much alive in this...

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Issue #2043

African slaves in colonial Australia

The Melbourne Gaol is famous for being the place where the bushranger, Ned Kelly, was hanged in 1880. In the early 1970s I saw a...

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