Caribbean VisionaryA. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation

Caribbean VisionaryA. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation

Selwyn R. Cudjoe

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9781604731064

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Abstract

This book traces the life of Albert Raymond Forbes Webber (1880–1932), a distinguished Caribbean scholar, statesman, legislator, and novelist. Using Webber as a lens, it outlines the Guyanese struggle for justice and equality in an age of colonialism, imperialism, and indentureship. The author examines Webber’s emergence from the interior of Guyana to become a major presence in Caribbean politics. The book examines Webber’s insightful novel, Those That Be in Bondage; his travel writings; and his poetry. It chronicles Webber’s formation of the West Indian Press Association, his work on British Guiana’s constitution, and his championing of its people’s causes. The author studies Webber’s work with the British Guiana Labor Union to improve the conditions of the Guyanese working people and his authorship of the Centenary History and Handbook of British Guiana.