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The Story of the Jamaican People is the first general history of Jamaica to be written in almost forty years. It differs significantly from earlier "imperial" histories which have been written from the perspective of the coloniser and which have relegated Jamaicans to an inferior and passive role. In this book, the authors offer a new interpretation of Jamaica's history. The central theme is the long struggle of the African-Jamaican against subjugation, injustice, economic deprivation, and the fight for full freedom. They recount the epic resistance to slavery; from the acts of sabotage on the estates, the legendary exploits of Maroon heroes Cudjoe, Nanny and Tacky, to the final blow delivered by Sam Sharpe which ended slavery in Jamaica.

An underlying theme throughout the book is the centrality of Africa, the original homeland of the African-Jamaican. The memory of Africa's ancient civilisations, its diverse tribes, languages, cultures and religions, sustained the African-Jamaican throughout slavery and remains a positive influence on modern-day Jamaican culture.

Although the focus of the story is on African-Jamaica, the authors recognise the significant role played by other ethnic groups - East Indians, Chinese, Lebanese, Syrians and Jews - in the development of modern Jamaica.

The Story of the Jamaican People is told in a powerfully evocative and poetic style in which the images of creative writers and artists are blended with extensive quotations from anthropological, sociological and historical sources. The book is copiously illustrated and has an extensive bibiliographical and reference section as well as a useful index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558761469
  • Publisher: Wiener, Markus Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 434
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Honour the Ancestors 1
Ch. 2 On claiming our great heritage 8
Ch. 3 Africa, the original homeland 17
Ch. 4 From a colonial to a world perspective 30
Ch. 5 The Asians colonise America and the Caribbean 42
Ch. 6 Europe: Explorer, coloniser and slave master 51
Ch. 7 Spanish Jamaica 63
Ch. 8 Two Jamaicas emerge 77
Ch. 9 Profits versus human rights 88
Ch. 10 The beginning of the African diaspora 99
Ch. 11 The Atlantic Slave Trade 116
Ch. 12 The African-American liberation wars, 1660-1739 128
Ch. 13 The African-Jamaican liberation wars, 1650-1800 133
Ch. 14 The sugar estate: Bastion of white power 150
Ch. 15 Pens, provision grounds and higglers 163
Ch. 16 Into a new age 176
Ch. 17 Challenge and response, 1760-1830 191
Ch. 18 The primacy of freedom 200
Ch. 19 Rebellion and emancipation 212
Ch. 20 A home of their own 229
Ch. 21 Towards political liberty 246
Ch. 22 The people betrayed and vindicated 263
Ch. 23 Robert Love points the way 281
Ch. 24 Marcus Mosiah Garvey, 1887-1940 292
Ch. 25 Building a new society: People from India, China and the Middle East 316
Ch. 26 Day da light, oh 336
Ch. 27 The birth of a national consciousness, 1920-44 346
Ch. 28 The founders of the nation: Marcus Garvey, Alexander Bustamante, Norman Manley 362
Ch. 29 From colony to nation: Political progress and economic growth 370
Ch. 30 Culture and nationhood 389
Select Bibliography 412
Index of Names 420
General Index 425
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2001

    So What Actually Happened?

    The central focus here -- in what appears to be a secondary school textbook -- is an African-Jamaican view of history. Other groups get short shrift; the Jews, East Indians, Chinese, and Lebanese 'Syrians' all get a total of 19 pages. Coverage of the 20th century revolves around the nation's three founders -- Marcus Garvey, Alexander Bustamente, and Norman Manley, and esentially ends with Independence (1964). Jamaica's other five post-Independence Prime Ministers are pictured, but only Bustamente is discussed. There is no mention of the social unrest in the seventies, nor of the rivalry between Michael Manley and Edward Seaga. Considerable attention is given to athletics and the creative arts, but very little to political economy. 'Development,' we learn, 'is a state of mind' (410); and Jamaica's most serious development problem is not the lack of gainful employment (a view attributed to the Rastas and a woman's group), but its Eurocentric, colonial system of education (402). Does a Jamaican-African perspective really have nothing to say about recent history?

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