Urban nationalism : a study of political development in Trinidad /
Alvin Magid.
Gainesville : University Presses of Florida : University of Florida Press, 1988.
x, 294 p. : ill., maps.
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Gainesville : University Presses of Florida : University of Florida Press, 1988.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 279-287.
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The nationalist movement that emerged in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1930s, leading to independence in 1962, was foreshadowed by a reform movement in the capital, Port-of-Spain. Between 1895 and 1914, while the British government maintained its "paternalistic trusteeship" through autocratic Crown Colony rule, a few white and colored professionals pressed for reforms. Two municipal issues--the character of the city's governance, and policies regarding its water supply--stimulated demands for constitutional reform and temporarily involved working people, especially urban blacks. The reforms sought concessions to improve the position of these groups within the highly inegalitarian social pyramid, rather than to change the structure of the pyramid. This informative and clearly written study is sometimes repetitive, and omits reference to important work by Bridget Brereton, Race Relations in Colonial Trinidad, 1870-1900 (1979) and A History of Modern Trinidad, 1783-1962 (CH, Sep '82), as well as Ron Ramdin's From Chattel Slave to Wage Earner (London, 1982), which discusses the origins of trade unionism. Generally, Magid pays too much attention to colonial officials and too little to the working people. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -O. N. Bolland, Colgate University
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