JAMAICA: Quiet Revolution

Hot, verdant Jamaica is a richly productive Crown Colony in the British West Indies, but the bulk of its black inhabitants lives in poverty. The war has strangled its exports of rum and bananas, and the shipping shortage has brought the island's home economy to a new low. As 1943 began, transportation was almost at a standstill; some towns had been dark nine months because there was no oil for lamps; meat, bread, salt, rice, fish and matches were either rationed or unavailable. Economic ills weakened political or der. During a funeral procession the coffin of an unpopular public magistrate...

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