Tag: <span>jamaica</span>

Summary Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson is a book about family and identity. Eleanor Bennett was married with two children who despite being several years apart were very close as…

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If you’re interested in learning about the Baptist preacher who planned the 1831 rebellion that contributed to the abolition of slavery in Jamaica, then my Samuel Sharpe Black History Facts profile is for you.

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“Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire” by Tom Zoellner recounts Samuel Sharpe’s rebellion in Jamaica and how it led to the abolishment of slavery. The book delves into the structure of Jamaica’s system of slavery and the experiences of the enslaved. There’s an in-depth explanation of Jamaican society with regard to culture but there’s also the island’s economics.

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If you’re interested in learning about the Harlem Renaissance writer and poet who set himself apart from his contemporaries by focusing on both race relations and classism, then my Claude McKay Black History Facts profile is for you.

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“The True History of Paradise” by Margaret Cezair-Thompson in a sense tells the history of Jamaica through the lives and experiences of a fictional character and her family. The book opens in 1981 when political violence tore Jamaica apart and created a state of emergency that resulted in many people fleeing the country. Jean Landing is a young woman of mixed heritage from a financially comfortable and politically connected family. Devastated by the violence that now plagues the country, Jean plans to emigrate to America. When her sister dies right as she prepares to leave, the loss of her family member and beloved country causes her to look back over her life and we also get some insight into the lives of her ancestors.

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