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This study is concerned with the workers and peasants of Jamaica, the action which they took in May and June of 1938, and its immediate consequences. Two things follow directly from this. First, one cannot understand the actions of workers and peasants without understanding their relationships with other classes, and with the colonial state which ruled them. Second, the nature of historical records is such that it is usually difficult to hear workers and peasants speaking for themselves. When they do, we must fall upon such evidence in the spirit of Leon Trotsky — ‘This living testimony is more precious than any sociological research into the correlation of forces.’1 For the most part, however, this study, like any such historical reconstruction, has had to rely on what was said by other classes, with all the consequent danger of distortion.
KeywordsCommunist Party Class Struggle Socialist Revolution White Wall Black Wall
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