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Black Power in Bermuda: The Struggle for Decolonization (Contemporary Black History)

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ISBN-13: 978-0230619067
ISBN-10: 0230619061
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“Black Power and Decolonization both have been profoundly pivotal movements but it is only with the publication of this marvelous and riveting book that these two potent trends have been linked so effectively. Persuasively argued and beautifully written, this book makes an effective case for the importance of Bermuda as a laboratory for political developments that reverberated significantly on the U.S. mainland.”—Gerald Horne, Author of Mau Mau in Harlem?: The U.S. and the Liberation of Kenya

Black Power in Bermuda is a concise and scholarly discussion of the struggle for civil rights, Black nationalism, and political independence evolving in Bermuda during the mid to late twentieth century. Dr. Swan grounds his analysis in the historical context for rights that was pursued by blacks in Bermuda before this period and he demonstrates the interconnectedness between these local political movements and the larger, global, anti-colonialism of the period. Bermuda, he demonstrates, was part them: as influential contributor, as receiver of influence. Dr. Swan’s narrative, strongly reflective of classic historiographic method, adeptly utilizing considerable primary and secondary source material, provides an important and powerful voice to the discourse on Bermuda’s political history, and is destined to become a classic in the field.”--Clarence V.H. Maxwell, Assistant Professor, Latin American and Caribbean History, Millersville University

About the Author

Quito Swan is currently Assistant Professor of History at Howard University, Washington, D.C. He teaches courses on the global African Diaspora. His primary research interests include transnational Black protest and anti-colonial movements, Garveyism, Black Power, and socio-cultural movements in the modern African Diaspora. This is his first book.


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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Black History
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230619061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230619067
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,138,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in the West Indian island of Bermuda, Quito Swan has been a Professor of African Diaspora History at Howard University since 2006. He obtained his Ph.D from Howard in 2005. His research interests include but are not limited too: transnational Black protest and liberation struggles, Garveyism and the UNIA, Pan-African Movements, Black Power in the Caribbean and as an international phenomenon, and socio-cultural movements in the African Diaspora (i.e. Reggae, Rasta, Hip-Hop, etc). He is also faculty advisor of Cimarrones, a student organization at Howard that is building relationships with Afrodescendientes across the Americas and wider world. Also a spoken word artist, djembe musician and avid chess player, he lives in the Washington DC area. He is now working on a manuscript about the late revolutionary Pauulu Kamarakafego.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gift Card Recipient on March 4, 2011
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I was once a student of Professor Swan's at Howard University. Being from Memphis, TN, this text inspired me to search the far corners of my city to locate and reveal the Black Power spirit in my hometown. The great lengths the author had to take in order to construct this text is a testament to the importance of the role in which it plays. Bermuda is still not completely free from its colonial powers. And for the individuals who no longer feel the direct effect of colonialism, our mind still has not been completely freed.
Some may read this text to learn more about ways in which one can learn the patterns that colonial powers used and continue to use in order to suppress freedom. Others may read this text to gather an idea of methods to free themselves and their communities.
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