UCL Institute of the Americas


Labour Rebellions of the francophone Caribbean: The 1930 Darboussier Strike in Guadeloupe

09 March 2022, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

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An event part of the UCL Americas Caribbean Seminar Series

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An extensive historiography of the labour rebellions in the British colonial Caribbean has been constructed by historians of the region who have long recognised that the phenomena represent a collective, watershed moment, and the beginning of the modern Caribbean. The 1930s were, however, tumultuous for the entire colonial Caribbean: English, French, Spanish and Dutch-speaking. Using the lens of the Guadeloupean experience of what began as a strike organised by labourers employed by Darboussier, this paper will discuss the labour rebellions in the French colonial Caribbean. It argues that the character of the revolts in the French-speaking Caribbean indicate that they should be integrated into the historiography in English of phenomena which affected the region profoundly for a decade.

Dr Kesewa John
About the speaker

Dr Kesewa John is an Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Caribbean History at the Institute of the Americas. She is also Vice-Chair of the Society for Caribbean Studies, coordinator of the Translating Blackness project, a member of the Black British History Matters working group, the Caribbean film collective Cinemawon, and historical lead for Insightful Black History, a community history project.

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