Steve Cushion will speak about the historical context of the pamphlet By Our Own Hands – A People’s History of the Grenadian Revolution. This lecture will take place on Monday, January 22, 2018, 5:30–7:30pm, in Seminar Room N304, Third Floor, Institute of Historical Research, University of London (Senate House, Malet Street, London). [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for providing this post.]
Description: Between 1979 and 1983, the people of the Caribbean nation of Grenada made a courageous attempt to overcome the legacy of slavery, British colonialism and a viciously corrupt post-colonial dictatorship. The tragic last few days of the Revolution have obscured the remarkable achievements of the Grenadian people during the previous four years. In the face of the unceasing hostility of the United States government and its continual destabilisation campaign, the people of Grenada rebuilt their economy with an emphasis on social justice and economic stability rather than mere profit for, mainly foreign, capitalists; they established a remarkable education system and improved their health service; they started a house-building and housing repair programme that addressed the needs of the poorest members of society.
By Our Own Hands – A People’s History of the Grenadian Revolution is a pamphlet from Caribbean Labour Solidarity (CLS) by Steve Cushion and Dennis Bartholomew that concentrates on the successes and challenges of the Grenadian Revolution and rescues its achievements.
Steve Cushion, a retired university lecturer, is author of A Hidden History of the Cuban Revolution: How the Working Class Shaped the Guerillas’ Victory (Monthly Review Press, 2016) and The Democratic Value of News: Why Public Service Media Matter (Palgrave, 2012). He has been an active socialist and trade unionist all his adult life. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Caribbean Labour Solidarity, the Committee of the Socialist History Society, and the Committee of the Society for Caribbean Studies in the UK.
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