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Background[ edit ] Historian O. Nigel Bolland places a considerable emphasis on the stagnant economy in the British West Indies from the s to the s. To him, the economic foundations of slavery had remained unchanged for nearly years.
The majority of land holdings remained in control of a small planter class minority while coercion remained the dominant form of social control.
In looking solely at the Jamaican economy, the most developed in the British West Indies byMandle shows that plantation economics still dominated to the point that per capita output was only slightly higher than when slavery was still the dominant means of labour in the early 19th century.
For land owners to continue to make large profit margins, they required large quantities of property and large numbers of low-wage workers.
Economic and social conditions[ edit ] The Great Depression made conditions in the West Indies much worse by a drastic decrease in exports and a sharp decline in the global price of sugar. Substandard wages were cut further following the collapse on Wall Street, and underemployment and unemployment were the norm.
Coupled with the horrendous working and living conditions the labour riots that began instarting with Belize lumber workers and spreading through almost every British colony in the region by That marked the breaking point of the current colonial system in the region.
Both he and his wife believed they had "just cause" to revolt. Trinidad experienced one of the larger labour uprisings and was an important source of oil for the British Empire. The Forester Commission of reported on the conditions solely in Trinidad and the British Parliament, in turn, established a Royal Commission.
Its further members were composed of experts who could offer substantial insight into the Caribbean crisis including the former governor of Jamaica from toSir Edward Stubbs; Dr.
Mary Blacklock, an expert in tropical medicine; Professor F. His actions brought scorn from Caribbean business elites and other members of the commission but made him the most recognisable and well liked member to the impoverished West Indians.
Lord Moyne even agreed, at the urging of the War Office, to "moderate the tone" and to cut the "particularly dangerous sections", regarding the state of housing, women and children, from the final report. With the recommendations of the Moyne Commission, the Colonial Development and Welfare Act was passed in to organize and allocate funds to the British West Indies for the purpose of long-term reconstruction.
Even though large sums of cash were channelled to the West Indian colonies, it was simply an attempt to keep a crumbling empire together in which the colonial power would still maintain its affluent position as the primary beneficiary of the relationship.
Britain needed its colonies to be strong and with minimal internal strife to maintain strategic strongholds and resources.
No recommendations were made to address the stagnant economic system except to place greater emphasis on local food production and to build upon industries such as tourism, fishing and "craft earthenware". Joan French shows that the commission placed a large burden of responsibility on women and suggested them to exit the workforce to stay home.
That proposition was seen by many women as a new slavery in which their service would be to men, the old and the sick. Although the local governments, along with organisations such as the YWCAwere quick to adopt monogamy and family as the best possible solution, French claims thatfar too few actions were taken to improve familynutrition or access to health care for any change in family structure to be effective.
Singh asserts that its main goal in crafting the recommendations was to maintain the status quo, a region dependant on the metropole with labourers creating abundant affluence for the empire with minimal benefit for themselves.
They asserted that it did not address the institutional roots of inequality in the West Indian colonies, the lack of freedom, responsible government or social reform.
Imperial Hubris in the s". Journal of Caribbean History.After the United States was established, the idea of removing Indians gained popularity. Those who remained faced official racism. In an essay about racism, the described situation portrayed desperation and hopelessness as they were forced to go through the turmoil of having their livelihoods shattered and personally abused.
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