Black Resistance from the beginning

And the People Rise Up!!!

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 1.55.52 AMMy final source evaluation was on a book called Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney by Horace Campbell. Marcus Garvey was the undisputed champion of the black race, of the poor, of the working class and the downpressed. He was the father of Garveyism, a brand of militant nationalism which gave the black person a sense of identification with the whole Africa while stressing self-reliance. Campbell strayed from the bigger picture of Garvey’s influence but instead narrowed it down to key links of his entire operation from the beginning. Campbell gives a concise view on Garvey’s early life as a youngster who, through travelling, tries to understand the limited scope for self-expression offered to black people and that it was not so different to what he was used to. The author also sets out to describe how Garvey came to establish the UNIA on the mission basis to embrace the purpose of black humanity and distinguish it from local reformist pressure groups. Details of Garvey’s and UNIA’s move from Jamaica, where it would not flourish, to the states to raise funds are explored. Campbell discusses important information regarding the battle for black dignity and African freedom which came to surface during and after the war. Battles against discriminatory groups and leaders such as the Klu Klux Klan and Senator Theodore Bilbo, who tried to extinguish the black population in the states, during the Harlem Renaissance are vastly explored. It can be seen that Campbell wrote this book mildly from a Jamaican perspective through his remarks to Jamaican politics, other revolutionist and numerous cultural effects.

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This books is an extremely valuable secondary source that navigates the exceedingly important connection between Garveyism, the UNIA and Marcus Garvey in the very beginning. The book also accounted for important details that transpired in Jamaica that had direct impacts on his operation in the States. The book had many pros and cons such as the fact that it connects events to other important activist such as Paul Bogle and Walter Rodney and their effects/movements outside the states which are not the aim of my paper. Also the book vaguely loses focus of Garvey in America after it mentions when he deported back the island. However, I value this source and will continue to use it for its strengths.

Campbell, Horace. Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney. Trenton, NJ: Africa World, 1987. Print.