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Freedom's ChildrenThe 1938 Labor Rebellion and the Birth of Modern Jamaica$
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Colin A. Palmer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469611693

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469611709_Palmer

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Constitutional Change

Constitutional Change

(p.280) Eight Constitutional Change
Freedom's Children

Colin A. Palmer

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter defines the existing Jamaican constitution as an anachronism at a time when many peoples in the colonial worlds were beginning to demand a greater degree of control over their affairs. This was the case in India, Malaya, Indonesia, and elsewhere. Although the 1938 Moyne Commission was not empowered to address issues of constitutional change specifically, it was generally expected that such matters could not be ignored in the much-anticipated report. Appointed in mid-1938, Governor Arthur Richards was sensitive to the rumblings for constitutional change and began to solicit the opinions of the elected members of the legislature on the issue shortly after he assumed his duties. Richards made his request on September 7, 1938, but, as he reported to the Colonial Office, no legislator had responded by February 24, 1939.

Keywords:   Jamaican constitution, legislature, colonial worlds, 1938 Moyne Commission, constitutional change, Governor Arthur Richards

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