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A Reader in African-Jamaican Music, Dance and Religion

In this Reader, Coester and Bender have compiled some of the most important ethnographic work by noted researchers which, although previously published, have been exceptionally difficult to access by the growing community of scholars of African–Caribbean and Jamaican studies. By: Markus Coester and Wolfgang Bender with a Foreword by Laura Tanna


Beyond Tradition

Reinterpreting the Caribbean Historical Experience In Beyond Tradition some of the Caribbean’s younger generation of historians reflect new directions in the historiography off the region by extending the focus beyond the plantation and the dominant sugar culture to expose a vast range of dynamic economic, social and political activities previously ignored or considered insignificant. Editors: Heather Cateau & Rita Pemberton 


Daddy Sharpe

A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of  Samuel Sharpe, A West Indian Slave Written by Himself, 1832 Locked in prison, awaiting a sentence of certain execution, Samuel Sharpe retells the story of his life in the first person narrative, beginning with his boyhood days at Cooper’s Hill in St James and ending with his surrender to the authorities after his defeat in the Great Jamaican Slave Revolt of 1831. By: Fred Kennedy



CROSS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES – A Student Reader Engendering Caribbean History begins with an introduction to the diverse approaches used by historians to explore the history of women in the Caribbean. It is followed by a theoretical discussion on the construction of women’s history representative of the multiple experiences of women in Africa, Britain and the Caribbean. By: Verene A. Shepherd   


HUAREO: Story of a Jamaican Cacique

HUAREO: Story of a Jamaican Cacique by Fred Kennedy is a frightening yet delightful historical-fiction novel that brings alive the life-threatening situation of the Native Americans known as Taíno on the island of Jamaica some 500 years ago. By: Fred Kennedy



In 1975, Nanny was declared the first and, is to date, the only female National Hero in Jamaica. Though revered as a leader of the Maroons – that group of runaway slaves who fought the British during the 18th century and established free communities in the mountainous interior of Jamaica, maintaining their freedom and independence. By: Werner Zips


Nationalists Abroad

The Jamaica Progressive League and the Foundations of Jamaican Independence The Jamaica Progressive League, formed in New York in 1936 by Jamaican expatriates, W. Adolphe Roberts and Wilfred Domingo, was the first organization to demand an end to colonial rule in Jamaica. By: Birte Timm


Pieces of the Past

A Stroll Down Jamaica’s Memory Lane As the title suggests, the stories included in this volume are but pieces of Jamaica’s very rich past. Since all the defining moments of Jamaican History and culture could not be covered, the book brings together interesting people and events from the nation’s past to the general public. By: Rebecca Tortello


Revisiting the Transatlantic Triangle

The Constitutional Decolonization of the Eastern Caribbean [FORGOTTEN HISTORIES OF THE CARIBBEAN] Revisiting the Transatlantic Triangle is a comprehensive study of the decisive 5-year period between 1962 and 1967 which witnessed the unfolding of an intense decolonization dialogue between Britain and its far-flung Eastern Caribbean possessions at the height of the Cold War. Author: Rafael Cox Alomar 


Spanish Jamaica

In 1494, Christopher Columbus’s exploratory travels on behalf of the King and Queen of Spain brought him to the island of Jamaica. His arrival represented the beginning of the Spanish period in Jamaica’s history which ended with the English capture of the island in 1655 Author: Francisco Morales Padro