By Anne S. Macpherson
The 1st ebook on women’s political historical past in Belize, From Colony to country demonstrates that girls have been creators of and activists in the central political currents of twentieth-century Belize: colonial-middle classification reform and well known labor-nationalism. As such, their alliances and struggles with colonial directors, male reformers, and nationalists and with each other have been imperative to the emergence of this inconceivable nation-state. From Colony to state attracts on huge study and formerly unmined assets resembling virtually 100 interviews, colonial executive documents, the documents of Belize’s first feminist association, and court docket files. Anne S. Macpherson examines the tensions of the 1910s that resulted in the 1919 anticolonial rebel; the reform undertaking of the Nineteen Twenties, within which Garveyite ladies have been key country allies; the militant anticolonial exertions stream of the Thirties; the extra bold reform venture of the Forties; the winning yet nonrevolutionary nationalist circulation of the Fifties; and the gender dynamics of celebration politics and either Black strength and feminist demanding situations to the social gathering procedure within the Nineteen Sixties and 1970s. From Colony to state connects to historiographies of racialized and gendered reform in colonial and different multiracial societies and of tensions among lady activism and masculine authority inside nationalist events and postcolonial societies. (20080401)
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Additional resources for From Colony to Nation: Women Activists and the Gendering of Politics in Belize, 1912-1982 (Engendering Latin America)
Yet the reform project had limited hegemonic potential, for it firmly excluded labor issues from legitimate discussion, approached the women and men of the popular classes as morally disordered, and idealized a culturally whitened respectability. Chapter 3 is about the popular labor and anticolonial mobilizations of the 1930s that posed an unprecedented challenge to the colonial order. It shows that renewed colony-wide protests in the early years of the Depression, particularly in the wake of the ruinous 1931 hurricane, formed the basis for the rapid growth and militance of the new worker-led Labourers and Unemployed Association (lua) in the mid-1930s.
Estella and Gertrude Bradley’s rented lodgings were probably in a more cramped and crowded neighborhood than the one depicted here from 1906. Source: Rupert Boyce, Report to the Government of British Honduras upon the Outbreak of Yellow Fever in that Colony in 1905 (London: Waterlow and Sons, 1906), plate 7, fig. 13. Albert Johnston, Charles Stanley’s brother, murdered William J. Slack, one of the sisters’ solicitors, in January 1916, because Slack had filed suit against him for debt.
1. (top) Regent Street in 1910. The Hoﬁus household where Annie Flowers worked would have been on or near Regent Street in the afﬂuent Southern Foreshore area. Source: Belizean Studies 5:1 (January 1977): 7. fig. 2. Swing Bridge over Haulover Creek in 1928. Annie Flowers would have crossed a simpler ﬁxed wooden bridge but amid a similar crowd. Source: Belizean Studies 8:1 (January 1980): 10. 32 the making of a r iot ﬁg. 3. Queen Street Baptist Church in 1939. The original church and fence, where Annie Flowers stopped in 1919, were destroyed in the 1931 hurricane but rebuilt on the same spot.