African Caribbeans: A Reference Guide

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Alan West
Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003 - History - 235 pages
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The African Diaspora left an indelible imprint on Caribbean countries and islands. This reference, the only broad historical and cultural survey of the black experience in the Caribbean, celebrates the Afro-Caribbean diversity of the countries it profiles. Each of the 15 chapters introduces a country, island, or group of islands, providing an overview from the arrival of slaves to the current situation.

Topics include, history, economy, politics, social stratification, race relations, cultural highlights, religion, and notable figures. Readers will discover the broad range of languages, political systems, racial makeup, historical uniqueness, and cultural offerings that shape the Caribbean. A chronology, glossary, and photos enhance the text.

 

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Contents

1 Anguilla
1
2 The Bahamas
13
3 Barbados
29
4 The Cayman Islands
43
5 Cuba
55
6 The Dominican Republic
73
7 French Guiana
87
8 Haiti
99
12 Puerto Rico
157
13 Suriname
171
14 Trinidad and Tobago
185
15 The United States Virgin Islands
199
Appendix
213
AfroCaribbean Glossary
215
Suggested Reading
219
Index
225

9 Jamaica
113
10 Martinique
127
11 The Netherlands Antilles Curaçao Bonaire St Eustatius Saba Aruba and St Maarten
141
About the Editor and Contributors
233
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ALAN WEST-DUR N is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at Northeastern University. He is a poet, essayist, and translator of Caribbean authors.

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