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Freedom's Children: The 1938 Labor Rebellion and the Birth of Modern Jamaica

Colin A. Palmer


This is a comprehensive history of Jamaica's watershed 1938 labor rebellion and its aftermath. It argues that, a hundred years after the abolition of slavery, Jamaica's disgruntled workers challenged the oppressive status quo and forced a morally ossified British colonial society to recognize their grievances. The rebellion produced two rival leaders who dominated the political life of the colony through the achievement of independence in 1962. Alexander Bustamante, a moneylender, founded the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union and its progeny, the Jamaica Labour Party. Norman Manley, an eminent ... More

Keywords: Jamaica, labor rebellion, slavery, British colonial society, rival leaders, independence, Alexander Bustamante, party politics, Jamaica Labour Party, Norman Manley

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469611693
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9781469611709_Palmer


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin A. Palmer, author