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Regional Discourses on Society and History

Shaping the Caribbean

Edited By Jerome Teelucksingh and Shane Pantin

This book thematically analyses and surveys areas of Caribbean history and society. The work is divided into three parts: part one addresses migration and identity; part two explores policy and development; and part three explores music and literature. The volume places a fresh perspective on these topics. The essays depart from the usual broader themes of politics, economics and society and provide a deeper insight into forces that left a decisive legacy on aspects of the Caribbean region. Such contributions come at a time when some of the Caribbean territories are marking over 50 years as independent nation states and attempting to create, understand and forge ways of dealing with critical national and regional issues. The volume brings together a broad group of scholars writing on Caribbean issues including postgraduate students, lecturers, and researchers. Each chapter is thematically divided into the aforementioned areas. This book addresses areas much deeper than the linear historical and social science models, and it offers Caribbean academics and researchers a foundation for further research.

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1. Visionaries, Pioneers, Apostles and Healers: The Contribution of Migrants from Trinidad and Tobago to the Development of Black Britain, 1948–1986 (Peter Timothy)

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1. Visionaries, Pioneers, Apostles and Healers: The Contribution of Migrants from Trinidad and Tobago to the Development of Black Britain, 1948–1986

Peter Timothy

Introduction

In the attempt to rebuild after the devastation experienced during World War II, the British government passed the British Nationality Act in 1948, which ushered in a recruitment drive in the colonies. The resulting post-1948 influx of Commonwealth immigrants included the June 1948 arrival of the Empire Windrush in Tilbury which initiated a Caribbean migration that would later mushroom. This movement set Britain along the road to becoming the cosmopolitan society it is today. This paper gives insight into the contribution of migrants from Trinidad and Tobago to the development of the British society. It focuses on developments in the cultural sphere, the origins and transformations of the Notting Hill Carnival, the Black Power movement, education, broadcasting, medicine and literature. These will illustrate the fundamental contribution of Trinidad and Tobago migrants in establishing “Black Britain” as a permanent reality. The term “Black Britain” describes all non-white groups and persons present in Britain during the period under review.

Arts and Entertainment

Marc Matera highlights the fact that most scholars link the introduction of Caribbean and African music to the arrival of unprecedented numbers of ←3 | 4→migrants from these areas, and the “irresistible rise of multiracial Britain” in the late 1940s and 1950s. The newcomers helped to expand the audiences for these styles of music.1 Entertainers...

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