The 1935 Riots in St Vincent: From Riots to Adult Suffrage

The 1935 Riots in St Vincent: From Riots to Adult Suffrage

written by Adrian Fraser, fl. 2016 (Kingston, Kingston Parish: University of the West Indies Press, 2016), 255 page(s)

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Abstract / Summary
St Vincent was among the earliest of the British Caribbean colonies to have experienced labour disturbances in the 1930s. While disturbances in the other Caribbean colonies were largely associated with the plantations and with strikes, in St Vincent the riots broke out on the grounds of the court house during a meeting of the Legislative Council on the upper floor. The 1935 Riots in St Vincent: From Riots to Adult Suffrage is the first comprehensive treatment of those disturbances. Fraser’s analysis is to a large extent informed by the use of newspapers and of oral history. In St Vincent, the plantations no longer had total dominance of the colony’s export economy. Instead, peasants, farmers and agricultural labourers were major players in an export economy that had shifted from sugar production to Sea Island cotton and arrowroot, crops that were suited to the lands to which they had access. Of added significance to the events following the riots was the fact that political leaders unearthed by the riots failed to maintain popular support with the advent of adult suffrage in 1951. Interpretations of British West Indian colonial history have to a large extent been informed by the experiences of the larger colonies. An understanding of the St Vincent riots will make a valuable contribution to the literature of the rebellions of the 1930s and to twentieth-century political history.
Field of Interest
Black Studies
Author
Adrian Fraser, fl. 2016
Copyright Message
Copyright © 2016 Adrian Fraser
Content Type
Book
Warning: Contains explicit content
No
Format
Text
Page Count
255
Publication Year
2016
Publisher
University of the West Indies Press
Place Published / Released
Kingston, Kingston Parish
Subject
Black Studies, Diversity, Imperialism and Colonialism, Political and Social Movements, Civil disobedience, Colonization, Riots, Labor strikes, Imperialismo e Colonialismo, Imperialismo y Colonialismo, Movimientos Políticos y Sociales, Movimentos Sociais e Políticos, San Vicente y las Granadinas, St. Vincent e Granadinas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint-Vincent-et-les Grenadines, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, British, Caribbean and West Indians
Keywords and Translated Subjects
Imperialismo e Colonialismo, Imperialismo y Colonialismo, Movimientos Políticos y Sociales, Movimentos Sociais e Políticos, San Vicente y las Granadinas, St. Vincent e Granadinas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint-Vincent-et-les Grenadines

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