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Building a Nation : Caribbean Federation in the Black Diaspora (Hardcover) (Eric D. Duke)

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“Remarkable, impressive. Duke makes a double contribution to historical scholarship: to the historiography of federalism in the Caribbean and to the historiography of political dissent, activism, and solidarity within the Caribbean diaspora.”—Winston James, author of Holding Aloft the Banner of Ethiopia: Caribbean Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century America“This well-researched and accessible book deepens our understanding of early twentieth-century West Indian political culture and transnational mobilization.”—April Mayes, author ofThe Mulatto RepublicThe initial push for a federation among British Caribbean colonies might have originated among the white elites, but the banner for federation was quickly picked up by Afro-Caribbean activists who saw in the possibility of a united West Indian nation a means of securing political power and more.In Building a Nation, Eric Duke moves beyond the narrow view of federation as only relevant to Caribbean and British imperial histories. By examining support for federation among many Afro-Caribbean and other black activists in and out of the West Indies, Duke convincingly expands and connects the movement’s history squarely into the wider history of political and social activism in the early to mid-twentieth century black diaspora.Exploring the relationships between the pursuit of Caribbean federation and Black Diaspora politics, Duke posits that federation was more than a regional endeavor; it was a diasporic, black–nation building undertaking—with broad support in diaspora centers such as Harlem and London—deeply immersed in ideas of racial unity, racial uplift, and black self-determination.
?Remarkable, impressive. Duke makes a double contribution to historical scholarship: to the historiography of federalism in the Caribbean and to the historiography of political dissent, activism, and solidarity within the Caribbean diaspora.??Winston James, author of Holding Aloft the Banner of Ethiopia: Caribbean Radicalism in Early Twentieth-Century America

?This well-researched and accessible book deepens our understanding of early twentieth-century West Indian political culture and transnational mobilization.??April Mayes, author of The Mulatto Republic

The initial push for a federation among British Caribbean colonies might have originated among the white elites, but the banner for federation was quickly picked up by Afro-Caribbean activists who saw in the possibility of a united West Indian nation a means of securing political power and more.

In Building a Nation, Eric Duke moves beyond the narrow view of federation as only relevant to Caribbean and British imperial histories. By examining support for federation among many Afro-Caribbean and other black activists in and out of the West Indies, Duke convincingly expands and connects the movement?s history squarely into the wider history of political and social activism in the early to mid-twentieth century black diaspora.

Exploring the relationships between the pursuit of Caribbean federation and Black Diaspora politics, Duke posits that federation was more than a regional endeavor; it was a diasporic, black?nation building undertaking?with broad support in diaspora centers such as Harlem and London?deeply immersed in ideas of racial unity, racial uplift, and black self-determination.

Number of Pages: 384
Genre: History, Social Science, Political Science
Sub-Genre: General, Caribbean + West Indies / General
Series Title: New World Diasporas
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ Pr of Florida
Author: Eric D. Duke
Language: English
Street Date: December 15, 2015
TCIN: 16107473
UPC: 9780813060231
Item Number (DPCI): 247-21-2564
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