The Caribbean in the Early 1970s
Four 1972 visits were recorded in this chapter with a further short stay in Trinidad in 1973. In Jamaica Michael Manley had recently been elected as prime minister; and information was also accessed about the Black Power disturbances in Kingston in 1968. An extended visit to Haiti under Baby Doc Duvalier was facilitated by Oxfam UK, and a number of grass-root projects were recorded. Also evaluated were the use of French Creole, the role of vodun, and the recent struggle between the middle-class blacks and mulattos. In contrast to Haiti, Puerto Rico was a Spanish-speaking country, with a well-founded sense of identity based on the rural white peasantry. A 1973 visit to Trinidad revealed important political ramifications of the Black Power disturbances of 1970.
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