The Story of the Jamaican People
$9.99

The Story of the Jamaican People

By Phillip Sherlock; Hazel Bennett
US$ 9.99
Book Description

The Story of the Jamaican People is the first general history of Jamaica to be written in almost 40 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. Sherlock and Bennett 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-Jamaican, 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 bibliographical and reference section as well as a useful index.

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