In the generations after emancipation, hundreds of thousands of African-descended working-class men and women left their homes in the British Caribbean to seek opportunity abroad: in the goldfields of Venezuela and the cane fields of Cuba, the canal construction in Panama, and the bustling city streets of Brooklyn. But in the 1920s and 1930s, racist nativism and a brutal cascade of antiblack immigration laws swept the hemisphere. Facing borders and barriers as never before, Afro-Caribbean migrants rethought allegiances of race, class, and empire. In Radical Moves, Lara Putnam takes readers from tin-roof tropical dancehalls to the elegant black-owned ballrooms of Jazz Age Harlem to trace the roots of the black-internationalist and anticolonial movements that would remake the twentieth century. From Trinidad to 136th Street, these were years of great dreams and righteous demands. Praying or "jazzing," writing letters to the editor or letters home, Caribbean men and women tried on new ideas about the collective. The popular culture of black internationalism they createdfrom Marcus Garvey's UNIA to "regge" dances, Rastafarianism, and Joe Louis's worldwide fandomstill echoes in the present.
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About the Author
Lara Putnam is associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and author of The Company They Kept: Migrants and the Politics of Gender in Caribbean Costa Rica, 1870-1960.
Table of Contents
Note on Sources xiii
1 Migrants' Routes, Ties, and Role in Empire, 1850S-1920S 21
2 Spirits of a Mobile World: Worship, Protection, and Threat at Home and Abroad, 1900S-1930S 49
3 Alien Everywhere: Immigrant Exclusion and Populist Bargains, 1920S-1930S 82
4 The Transnational Black Press and Questions of the Collective, 1920S-1930S 123
5 The Weekly Regge: Cosmopolitan Music and Race-Conscious Moves in a "World a Jazz" 1910S-1930S 153
6 The Politics of Return and Fractures of Rule in the British Caribbean, 1930-1940 196
What People are Saying About This
Putnam's original and important book is packed with meaningful ethnographic material that is fascinating to read. Her scholarship is outstanding, her methodology highly effective, and her research thorough. Her well-crafted prose and original perspective will appeal to students, scholars, and general audiences alike.O. Nigel Bolland, Colgate University