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The Mayor's Cable: racial discrimination in interwar Jamaica

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JournalHistory workshop journal
DateUnpublished - 2013
Original languageEnglish


This article examines several cases of racial discrimination in the government service in interwar Jamaica to shed more light on the nature of colonial rule in the British Caribbean on the eve of its process towards independence. Informed by Critical Race Theory, it is particularly concerned with the language of race used to discuss these cases and argues that by avoiding racial issues or presenting them as about something else than race, African Jamaicans helped as much as the government to uphold a system of social stratifications in which class and colour were closely entwined.



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