Monday, May 25, 2015

The Ordeal of Free Labor in the British West Indies

Sewell, William G., The ordeal of free labor in the British West Indies, New York: Harper and Bros., 1861.

Available online HERE (1861), and HERE (1862).

See also The New York Times.

Reviewed by Gordon K. Lewis for Caribbean Studies © 1970.

From the Preface:
Letters on Free Labor in the British West Indies, originally written for the New York Times, and, since their publication in that journal, revised and enlarged, make up the volume now offered to the public. It is not designed, in this work to draw from the results of British Emancipation any inference or to point any conclusion favorable or unfavorable to slave labor in the United States; and for the reason that a great territorial disparity on the one hand, and the southern section of the Union on the other, forbids even a comparison of their social and political institutions. The writer’s aim has been to give, as free from comment as possible, such statistical and other information concerning the West Indian populations, their habits and customs, their industry, their commerce, and their government, as he has been able to procure from reliable sources, or to gain by personal observation.

At Last: A Christmas in the West Indies

Kingsley, Charles, At Last: A Christmas in the West Indies, London: MacMillan and Co., 1887.

Available online HERE, and HERE.

Charles Kingsley (12 June 1819 – 23 January 1875) was an evangelical priest of the Church of England, a university professor, historian and novelist. He is particularly associated with the West Country and northeast Hampshire. He was a friend and correspondent with Charles Darwin.

The West Indies and the Spanish Main

Trollope, Anthony, The West Indies and the Spanish Main, Leipzig: Bernhard Tanchintz, 1860.

Available online HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Reviewed by Gordon K. Lewis for Caribbean Studies © 1970.

Anthony Trollope (/ˈtrɒləp/; 24 April 1815 – 6 December 1882) was one of the most successful, prolific and respected English novelists of the Victorian era. Some of his best-loved works, collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, revolve around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote perceptive novels on political, social, and gender issues, and on other topical matters.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Catalogue Exhibition of Rare Cuban Books

Otto G. Richter Library, Catalogue Exhibition of Rare Cuban Books, Coral Gables: University of Miami, 1979.

Excerpt from the Introduction by Mildred Merrick:
In this exhibition we show you Cuba, through the more unusual – the rarer – examples of its literature from the University of Miami’s collections. The gathering together of books and papers from and about Cuba, Florida, the West Indies and South America began with the founding of the University, and the rare books relating to Cuba and the Caribbean form an integral part of our Special Collections. Our recent published six-volume Cuba and the Caribbean provides with some completeness a listing of our Cuban holdings – perhaps forty thousand volumes – and can readily be consulted here or in other large libraries.

Nacionalismo, Etnicidad y Política en la República Cooperativa de Guyana

Serbin, Andrés, Nacionalismo, etnicidad y política en la República Cooperativa de Guyana, Caracas: Bruguera, [198-?]

Tabla de Contenido:
1. Introducción:
1.1. Descripción general.
1.2. Visión histórica de Guyana Británica hasta 1930.
1.3. Caracterización étnica, social y política de la historia reciente de Guyana.

2. Situación social, grupos étnicos e ideologías étnicas en Guyana.
2.1. Introducción
2.2. Los pobladores originales de Guyana: los amerindios.
2.3. Plantocracia, occidentalización y “whiteness”: los europeos de origen anglosajón.
2.4. Esclavitud, africanidad y deculturación en los afro-guyaneses.
2.5. Inmigración, aculturación tardía e integración de los indo-guyaneses.
2.6. Poder económico, poder político y “Whiteness”: portugueses, chinos y “mixtos”.
2.7. Ideologías étnicas, conflictos interétnicos e ideologías étnico-políticas.

3. Espacios de socialización étnica.
3.1. Estructura familiar y etnicidad.
3.2. Religión y etnicidad.
3.3. Asociaciones religiosas, étnico-religiosas y étnicas.
3.4. Sindicatos y etnicidad.

4. Los aparatos ideológicos del Estado: el sistema educativo y los medios masivos de comunicación.
4.1. El sistema educativo guyanés y los intelectuales étnicos.
4.1.1. La evolución del sistema educativo y sus relaciones con los grupos étnicos.
4.1.2. El papel de la Universidad.
4.1.3. Etnicidad, educación e integración de los intelectuales guyaneses.
4.2. La evolución de los medios masivos de comunicación en Guyana.
4.2.1. Los medios masivos de comunicación en Guyana.
4.2.2. Prensa.
4.2.3. Radio.
4.2.4. Cine.
4.2.5. Librerías y bibliotecas.
4.3. El control de los aparatos ideológicos y las relaciones interétnicas.

5. Política, etnicidad e ideología nacional en Guyana.
5.1. El People’s Progressive Party y la lucha anti-colonial.
5.2. El People’s National Congress y la independencia de Guyana.
5.3. El nacionalismo africano y la oposición de izquierda.
5.4. La ideología “nacional” y sus contradicciones.
5.5. Algunas conclusiones tentativas.



Los Derechos de Expresión y el Uso de las Vías Públicas en Puerto Rico

Comisión de Derechos Civiles, Los Derechos de Expresión y el Uso de las Vías Públicas en Puerto Rico, San Juan: Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, Segunda Edición Revisada, 1973.

Disponible en línea.

Este informe responde a una investigación realizada por motivo de los incidentes ocurridos frente a la Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras, y de otros relacionados con el ataque a la Misión Nacional del Movimiento Pro-Independencia, los días 7 y 8 de noviembre de 1969.

Proceedings of the First Aruban and Antillean Congress on Alcoholism

Wever, O.R., et. al. Proceedings of the First Aruban and Antillean Congress on Alcoholism, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles: September 11-13, 1970.

From the Foreword:
The First Aruban and Antillean Congress on Alcoholism was organized at the occasion of the 15th anniversary of Aruba’s chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous, in an attempt to break down many of the existing prejudices concerning alcoholism as a disease and alcoholics as sick patients, - in short to try to establish more acceptance of the disease concept of alcoholism and also to bring opinions of some highly qualified scientists in this field in order to obtain up-to-date guidelines for therapeutic and preventive purposes for Aruba’s mental health problem no. 1.