New Book, Freedom: Retrospective and Prospective


Freedom: Retrospective and Prospective (2009), edited by Swithin Wilmot, is a collection of lectures delivered at the University of the West Indies Mona Academic conference in 2007, marking the bicentenary of the abolition of the British Transatlantic Trade in Africans for enslavement.

The volume examines the historical experience of slavery that has helped to shape the Caribbean and its contemporary challenges, exploring themes of memorialization, reparations, capitalism and slavery, sovereignty, globalization and trade liberalization, education, gender, freedom and development, migration and diaspora. From Swithin Wilmot’s introduction, “Emancipation: An Unfinished Story,” to Hilary Beckles’ epilogue, “Reparations for African Enslavement: Preparing the Caribbean Case,” the volume is multidisciplinary in nature, exploring songs, communal memory, literature, education, alternative knowledge, construction of gender, social frameworks, and historicity.

Swithin R. Wilmot is the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, in Jamaica. He also co-authored Before and After 1865 with Brian Moore.

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