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

Colin A. Palmer

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Paperback. 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 slave.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 419 pages. 0.871. Bookseller Inventory # 9781469611693

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Freedom's Children is the first comprehensive history of Jamaica's watershed 1938 labor 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 recognize 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 modernizing Jamaica.

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" Freedom's Children is carefully organized, the research thorough, and the analysis insightful, remarkably fair-minded, and persuasive. Despite the richness and complexity of the story, Palmer manages to tell it in a beautiful, engaging, and flowing narrative style from beginning to end. It is an outstanding achievement, a heroic labor of love, and a fitting monument to the struggles of the Jamaican people."--Winston James, University of California, Irvine

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