Walter Rodney: A Promise of Revolution

Walter Rodney: A Promise of Revolution

by Clairmont Chung

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Walter Rodney: A Promise of Revolution by Clairmont Chung

The life of the great Guyanese scholar and revolutionary Walter Rodney burned with a rare intensity. The son of working class parents, Rodney showed great academic promise and was awarded scholarships to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and the School of African and Oriental Studies in London. He received his PhD from the latter at the age of twenty-four, and his thesis was published as A History of the Upper Guinea Coast, now a classic of African history. His most famous work, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, is a mainstay of radical literature and anticipated the influential world systems theory of Immanuel Wallerstein.  Not content merely to study the world, Rodney turned to revolutionary politics in Jamaica, Tanzania, and in Guyana. In his homeland, he helped form the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) and was a consistent voice for the oppressed and exploited. As Rodney became more popular , the threat of his revolutionary message stirred fears among the powerful in Guyana and throughout the Caribbean, and he was assassinated in 1980. This book presents a moving and insightful portrait of Rodney through by the words of academics, writers, artists, and political activists who knew him intimately or felt his influence. These informal recollections and reflections demonstrate why Rodney is such a widely admired figure throughout the world, especially in poor countries and among oppressed peoples everywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583673317
Publisher: Monthly Review Press
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Clairmont Chung is a lawyer, teacher, and filmmaker. He grew up in Guyana and lived through the racial violence of the 1960s and the insecurity that followed. He settled in Brooklyn, New York in 1979, entered Columbia University in 1981, moved to Harlem in 1983, and taught public school in the South Bronx. Chung directed and wrote the documentary, W.A.R. Stories: Walter Anthony Rodney.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Abbreviations 8

Biographical Timeline 9

Preface 11

1 Introduction / Clairmont Chung 13

2 Robert "Bobby" Moore 29

3 Abyssinian Carto 35

4 Dr. Brenda Do Harris 59

5 Robert Hill 65

6 Amiri Baraka 71

7 Leith Mullings 79

8 Issa G. Shivji 83

9 Clive Yolande Thomas 95

10 Rupert Roopnaraine 109

Contributors 127

Notes 131

Index 149

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