Browse Reports

Subject is exactly George Morrison
New York Tribune article titled, "The Tahiti Carried No Slaves."

"Blackbirding" - The Slave System's Just-as-Evil Twin?

Journalists from the United States and Australia get inside the post-Civil War practice of recruiting Pacific Islanders to work the world's non-U.S. plantations on extended contracts of indenture.
Part 1 of W.H. Brommage's expose titled, "The Blackbird Cruise." Published in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"A Sale of Souls" - W.H. Brommage - San Francisco Chronicle (Blackbirding)

Brommage spent nearly six months aboard the Montserrat, documenting the voyage of a blackbirder leaving from San Francisco to recruit workers from the Gilbert Islands to work plantations in Guatemala on long-term contracts of indenture. The cover story for the journey was a shipment of coal picked up in British Columbia.  Unlike Melvin's series in the Argus, Brommage's account was full of nasty characters, shady to illegal business practices, abuse and danger.