No Women Jump Out!: Gender Exclusion, Labour Organization and Political Leadership in Antigua 1917-1970

No Women Jump Out!: Gender Exclusion, Labour Organization and Political Leadership in Antigua 1917-1970

by Christolyn Williams

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This book aims to provide a history of twentieth-century labour in the British colony of Antigua and Barbuda. It documents the labour and class struggles between landowners and peasants both before and after the legalization and formation of trades and labour unions in 1940. It exposes the political and racial dynamics of British colonialism in the eastern Caribbean as never before. The racial dynamics are evident between white colonial administrators, landowners and mill and factory owners, as they struggled to maintain control over a black and coloured population in a changing world.
The long overlooked history of the role of the British Trades Union Congress (TUC) in facilitating the end of British colonialism is one of the surprising stories of this book, as is the astonishing role of women. Despite their exclusion from labour and trade union history, oral sources show women played a key role as labour organizers who defied employers by planning meetings and actively recruiting union members. They were always there, as domestic workers in urban areas, in the fields and in the factories. They served as recruiters and organizers, carried the lights for outdoor meetings and encouraged and stood behind the union leaders. Despite their central role, they did not «jump out», and their stories became forgotten, overlooked even, in the history of Caribbean labour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783034308632
Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/20/2013
Series: Trade Unions. Past, Present and Future Series , #17
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Christolyn A. Williams is Professor of History at the State University of New York and recipient of the SUNY Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching. She holds the endowed chair for Global Literature at Westchester Community College. She is the author of biographical sketches of V.C. Bird and Tim Hector in the Encyclopaedia Of African-American Culture and History: The Black Experience In The Americas and Childhood in Antigua and Barbuda, in The Greenwood Encyclopaedia of Children’s Issues Worldwide.

Table of Contents

Contents: Historical Overview: Labour and Social Conditions – Sugar Monoculture in Decline – Women in a Modern Colony – The Foundations of Trade Unionism – Local Level Leadership – Gender Exclusion – Politics and Labour Unions.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! I read the hardcopy of this book and am so happy with the story and the great job the author did. This is my story as a Caribbean woman, and I had no idea the struggles of the men and women of the Caribbean even after slavery ended. Christolyn writes with sensitivity about the lives and experiences of her subjects, the men and women of Antigua and Barbuda who struggled against the landowners to restore dignity to their lives. The stories told by women who worked in the fields are a great addition to this book. It shows that the end of slavery was just the beginning of the fight for both men and women in the Caribbean. I was surprised and pleased by the comparison with Jamaica and learned a lot about the difference between the two British colonies. The organization of the contents works well and I can't wait for the history to be updated after 1970. This is an interesting and well written book by a woman who asked all the right questions to tell this story. I recommend it highly and insist that anyone interested in women's history, in gender and labor in the Caribbean should own a copy of "No Women Jump Out" Love the title!