From Colony to Nation: Women Activists and the Gendering of by Anne S. Macpherson

By Anne S. Macpherson

The 1st ebook on women’s political heritage in Belize, From Colony to country demonstrates that girls have been creators of and activists in the imperative political currents of twentieth-century Belize: colonial-middle type 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 relevant to the emergence of this unbelievable nation-state. From Colony to country attracts on huge examine and formerly unmined resources corresponding to nearly 100 interviews, colonial executive files, the records of Belize’s first feminist association, and court docket documents. Anne S. Macpherson examines the tensions of the 1910s that resulted in the 1919 anticolonial rebellion; the reform venture of the Twenties, within which Garveyite girls have been key country allies; the militant anticolonial exertions flow of the Thirties; the extra formidable reform undertaking of the Forties; the profitable yet nonrevolutionary nationalist move of the Nineteen Fifties; and the gender dynamics of social gathering politics and either Black strength and feminist demanding situations to the social gathering approach within the Nineteen Sixties and 1970s. From Colony to kingdom 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 pursuits and postcolonial societies. (20080401)

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Evidence of the potential for popular movements is more abundant than the existing historiography would suggest, although Annie’s explicit anticolonialism was rare. The demands of Mayan milperos, Garifuna farmerhousewives, and the Belize Town working class had no organizational connection, but they did focus on a common issue —the abusive economic and political power of the landlord, employer, and merchant class that had dominated the appointed Legislative and Executive Councils since the 1870s and had won an unofficial majority on the Legislative Council 36 the making of a r iot fig.

In the 1920s Mesopotamia and Fort George were developed. Belize Town became Belize City in 1943, and further expansion occurred mostly after World War Two. fig. 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.

It is sustained by a constant testing and relegitimation of an always contingent and partial moralpolitical authority that is vulnerable to subversion from within and attack from without. 26 But not all politics can be subsumed under the rubric of attempted or achieved hegemonic articulation, and it is vital to recognize historical contexts in which political subjects have formed in relations of outright hostility and competition. 12 i n t ro d u c t i o n This book’s history of Belize demonstrates the importance of gender analysis in explaining the character of hegemonic projects, both colonial and national, as well as their success or failure.

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