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Freedom's Children: The 1938 Labor Rebellion and the Birth of Modern Jamaica (Paperback)
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Freedom's Children: The 1938 Labor Rebellion and the Birth of Modern Jamaica (Paperback)

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Paperback 432 Pages / Published: 03/02/2014
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Freedom's Children is the first comprehensive history of Jamaica's watershed 1938 labour rebellion and its aftermath. Colin Palmer argues that, a hundred years after the abolition of slavery, Jamaica's disgruntled workers challenged the oppressive status quo and forced a morally ossified British colonial society to recognise their grievances. The rebellion produced two rival leaders who dominated the political life of the colony through the achievement of independence in 1962. Alexander Bustamante, a moneylender, founded the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union and its progeny, the Jamaica Labour Party. Norman Manley, an eminent barrister, led the struggle for self-government and with others established the People's National Party.

Palmer describes the ugly underside of British colonialism and details the persecution of Jamaican nationalists. He sheds new light on the nature of Bustamante's collaboration with the imperial regime, the rise of the trade-union movement, the struggle for constitutional change, and the emergence of party politics in a modernising Jamaica.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469611693
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 871 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 30 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
An invaluable contribution to Caribbean and labor historiographies. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.--Choice


A readable and free-flowing narrative. . . . Will be of interest to students of Jamaica's labor and political history.--The Historian

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