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African Caribbeans : a reference guide
West, Alan, 1953-
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

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xxxviii, 235 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Anguilla / Pedro L.V. Welch -- The Bahamas / D. Gail Saunders -- Barbados / L.V. Welch -- The Cayman islands / L.V. Welch -- Cuba / Tomás Fernández Robaina ; translated by Alan West Durán -- The Dominican Republic / Ramona Hernández and Nancy López -- French Guiana / Mickaëlla L. Pèrina -- Haiti / Anne M. François -- Jamaica / Alan West Durán -- Martinique / Mickaëlla L. Pèrina -- The Netherlands Antilles (Curaçao, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba), Aruba, and St. Maarten / Alan West Durán -- Puerto Rico / Alan West Durán -- Suriname / Alan West Durán -- Trinidad and Tobago / Alan West Durán -- The United State Virgin Islands / Jessica Suárez and Alan West Durán.
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The African Diaspora left an indelible imprint on Caribbean countries and islands. This reference, the only broad historical and cultural survey of the black experience in the Caribbean, celebrates the Afro-Caribbean diversity of the countries it profiles. Each of the 15 chapters introduces a country, island, or group of islands, providing an overview from the arrival of slaves to the current situation.

Topics include, history, economy, politics, social stratification, race relations, cultural highlights, religion, and notable figures. Readers will discover the broad range of languages, political systems, racial makeup, historical uniqueness, and cultural offerings that shape the Caribbean. A chronology, glossary, and photos enhance the text.

Author Notes

ALAN WEST-DURÁN is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages at Northeastern University. He is a poet, essayist, and translator of Caribbean authors.

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Library Journal Review

Just to the south and east of Florida lie the Caribbean islands, which run from Cuba and the Bahamas to Trinidad and Tobago, off the Venezuelan coast. Far more intriguing historically than suggested by the romantic songs of Jimmy Buffett and the Beach Boys, these islands share a history of discovery, slavery, and emancipation. Unfortunately, they also suffer from widespread unemployment, poverty, and illiteracy. Editor West-Duran (modern languages, Northeastern Univ.) and a team of nine academics cover 15 islands, the major nations, in ten- to 12-page historical narratives, centering primarily on what they term the Afro-Caribbean experience. The entries, which are well written and effectively utilize secondary sources, focus on the black experience, both during slavery and after, with brief mention of cultural contributions. Although the chapters on Cuba, Haiti, and Puerto Rico are the highlights, Barbados, the Virgin Islands, and Jamaica present unique stories. This comprehensive view of the subject is the only one of its kind, though maps would have enhanced the volume greatly. Recommended for academic and public libraries.-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Fifteen chapters cover the history of Africans in the Caribbean region. West-Duran (modern languages, Northeastern Univ.) begins with a chronology of the area, from the first voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492 to events in 2002. The introduction gives a general history of the subject, while each ensuing chapter (alphabetical from Anguilla to the US Virgin Islands) gives a more detailed history of Africans by country and discusses current social and/or cultural issues, such as the role of women in the Bahamas, Cuban literature, and Jamaican religion. Chapters average 14 pages and conclude with a list of references. A glossary and five-page suggested reading list (including Web sites) round out the book. Maps are one feature not present that would have added to this source's usefulness. A basic introduction to the topic. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General and undergraduate collections. S. Jent University of Louisville

Table of Contents

Introduction AguillaPedro L. V. Welch
The BahamasD. Gail
Saunders BarbadosPedro L. V. Welch
Cayman IslandsPedro L. V. Welch
CubaTomas Fernandez Robaina
Dominican RepublicRamona Hernandez and Nancy Lopez
French GuianaMickaella L. Perina
HaitiAnne M. Francois
West-Duran MartiniqueMickaella L. Perina
The Netherland Antilles (Curacao, Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba)
Aruba, and St. Maarten Alan
West-Duran Puerto Rico Alan
West-Duran Suriname Alan
West-Duran Trinidad and Tobago cAlan
West-Duran The U.S. Virgin IslandsJessica Suarez
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