Cold War in a Hot Zone: The United States Confronts Labor by Gerald C Horne

By Gerald C Horne

Fascinated by the zone as an entire and drawing from data in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Guyana, St. Kitts, Antigua, the U.S. and U.K., this publication information the region's influence at the U.S. (particularly  on Jim Crow), because it charts the British Empire's retreat within the face of a problem from Washington.

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Before those assembled were reminded to pay homage to King George, the organization’s leader “and others expressed the view that while we are wholly in sympathy with the Ethiopians from a humanitarian and racial feeling yet we must not give cause for its being made to appear that the League is overanxious to thrust its activities unreservedly to public notice.

They are not allowed the same free choice of cabins that is accorded white passengers. ” Such a policy was guaranteed to foment enmity between the lighter- and darker-skinned of Jamaica, which may not have been an unintended consequence since this color conflict proved to be a major barrier to independence. ”38 But if this dream were to become reality, those who heretofore had been viewed as so many labor units would have to organize, which is why the JPL placed so much emphasis on assistance to ordinary workers.

The Trinidadian intellectual and leader, Eric Williams, argued that “Barbados with its uninterrupted and unchanged Constitution and its land and industry almost exclusively in the hands of European large proprietors was, historically, socially and politically, poles asunder from the Crown Colonies of St. Vincent and St. ” Thus, when the “first formal proposal” for federation was “made by the British government in 1876” involving federation of the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands, there was considerable “opposition of vested interests,” and the “Barbadian planters” were “the first in the field.

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