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Black Power in the Caribbean$
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Kate Quinn

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813049090

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813049090.001.0001

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The February Revolution (1970) as a Catalyst for Change in Trinidad and Tobago

The February Revolution (1970) as a Catalyst for Change in Trinidad and Tobago

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(p.97) 4 The February Revolution (1970) as a Catalyst for Change in Trinidad and Tobago
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Black Power in the Caribbean
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Brinsley Samaroo

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813049090.003.0005

This chapter traces the emergence of the Black Power movement in Trinidad and Tobago, arguing that for all its shortcomings, the “February Revolution” of 1970 had a discernible impact on Trinidadian politics, society and development. It examines the emergence of the National Union of Freedom Fighters (NUFF), the effect of the Black Power movement on the country's Indian population, and the response of Prime Minister Eric Williams, showing how he used the revolution to push through long-delayed reforms. The Black Power revolution of 1970 can be seen as part of a longer historical struggle for meaningful emancipation.

Keywords:   February Revolution, Black Power, Trinidad and Tobago, National Union of Freedom Fighters (NUFF), Eric Williams

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