By Selwyn R. Cudjoe

Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese kingdom lines the lifetime of Albert Raymond Forbes Webber (1880-1932), a unusual Caribbean student, statesman, legislator, and novelist. utilizing Webber as a lens, the ebook outlines the Guyanese fight for justice and equality in an age of colonialism, imperialism, and indentureship. during this interesting paintings, Selwyn R. Cudjoe examines Webber's emergence from the inner of Guyana to develop into a tremendous presence in Caribbean politics.

Caribbean Visionary examines Webber's insightful novel, those who Be in Bondage , his trip writings, and his poetry. The e-book chronicles his formation of the West Indian Press organization, his paintings on British Guiana's structure, and his championing of its people's factors. Cudjoe stories Webber's paintings with the British Guiana Labour Union to enhance the stipulations of the Guyanese operating humans and Webber's authorship of the Centenary historical past and guide of British Guiana.

An vital addition to Caribbean highbrow heritage, Caribbean Visionary is an vital paintings for students attracted to the region's literature, political technological know-how, and fiscal notion. it's also a useful source if you happen to desire to comprehend the genesis of latest Guyana and the English-speaking Caribbean.

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He had seen it in war, a stern test. ”5 In Grenada, the Grenada Association demanded greater representation of Grenadians in running their government. Several of the leaders who emerged in Grenada and other West Indian islands “had a tour abroad before they began their political career. . ”6 As a result of the growing discontent and violence in the islands and on the mainland and the many petitions sent to His Majesty’s government, the Hon. E. L. F. Wood, undersecretary of state for the colonies, was sent to the West Indies and Guyana to survey the conditions of the people of those colonies.

Have we lain enslumbered, While the tide did steal and race, To wide and open sea? In other words, he is asking his fellow colonists if they had done enough to make our land prosperous. Then he admonishes: The hour has struck to struggle, And the time to fight has come. Challenge destiny to combat: And be silent as the wolf. Colonist, the way to greatness is endeavour, And the road untrod is barren. Then; shall we not be up and doing, And be reapers in boundless harvest time? Yes my brethren: with the bugles— If ye would the children say: With the morning ye had acted, And had wrought the Golden Way.

E. F. L. Woods , “Visit to the West Indies and British Guiana,” 1922 I do not desire to say much about the [election] struggle, but if one thing is patent, I have always fought for the black man’s place in the sun both in and out of columns of the Daily Chronicle. —A. R . F. Webber , Daily Chronicle, 1921 Those That Be in Bondage and Glints from an Anvil established Webber as a literary light in his society and made him more respectable to the business community. 1 Additionally, there is every indication that Webber had risen in the estimation of the dominant commercial group since he became the secretary of the Colonization Committee, a group that concerned itself with the colony’s irrigation and drainage problems.

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