From the Caribbean to the United States: My Life in America
In his intriguing memoir, immigrant Alford Douglas shares the details of his life in the West Indies during the 1950s and 1960s and his subsequent journey to the United States in search of a better life.
Douglas intimately describes his early years living in Trinidad, West Indies. It was not an easy life; it was one filled with challenges and financial hardship. While always mindful of his parents’ influence to love God first, Douglas left his respectable job in Trinidad in 1967 and moved to Massachusetts to work for minimum wage. He divulges how he managed over the years to improve his career, eventually settling into a long-term job with a railroad company and earning a college degree. Douglas also unveils the emotionally taxing moments in his life, including moving from one physically and emotionally abusive relationship to another, coping with angry children, and dealing with racism and hatred. In the end, he finally marries a good woman and moves to Virginia where he finds lasting happiness.
From the Caribbean to the United States provides an eye-opening glimpse into a unique culture and what life was like for a black man living in the United States before civil rights became a reality.