Race Relations in Colonial Trinidad 1870-1900

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 6, 2002 - History - 264 pages
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In this study of the development of a colonial Caribbean territory in the late nineteenth century the diverse peoples of Trinidad - Europeans, white Creoles of French, Spanish and English descent, Africans, Creole blacks, Venezuelans, Chinese and Indian immigrants - occupy the centre stage. They formed a society deeply divided along lines of race, skin colour, economic position and educational level. Dr Brereton looks at how the white elite, both European and Creole, was able to control the society, largely unchecked by the Imperial power and its agents in Trinidad, and then investigates the emergence of a group which would challenge that control: the coloured and black middle class. This book makes an important contribution to the history of the West Indies, and especially to the history of Trinidad, still largely unresearched. It will interest historians and sociologists concerned with the development of post-emancipation Caribbean societies and with race relations in the Americas after slavery.

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I find this book to be informative and knowledgable. I will futhermore refer this book to other and ask that they contine to do the same since I myslef am a Trinidadian and Creole. My parents on bother side are fulent speakers of it and so where my grandparents unfortuneately I didn't adopt this language because it was phasedout by my time and I moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at age eight. I did however manage to pick some spanish along my lifetime but little or no french. 

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I dont like how the author make false accusations based on douglas!


The environment
The white elite
Education and mobility
The rise of a coloured and black middle class
The urban labouring population
The black rural masses
The souls of black folk
The Indians
Racism and race relations the divided society

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Bridget Brereton is Emerita Professor of History at The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago. She is the author of several books on the history of the Caribbean and of Trinidad, including standard works such as Race Relations in Colonial Trinidad, 1870-1900 and A History of Modern Trinidad, 1783-1962. She is the editor or co-editor of several more (including Volume V of the UNESCO General History of the Caribbean), and the author of many journal articles and book chapters. She is a former Deputy Principal and Interim Principal of the St Augustine Campus of UWI. Primnath Gooptar (PhD) is a retired School Principal, writer/biographer, and well known social worker and cultural promoter. His years as an educator and social and cultural worker give him a unique perspective that is manifest in his writings. He lives in Tunapuna, Trinidad, with his wife and two children.

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