Topic Tag: World War I

Engage, History

The war after the war | On this day

Thousands of men from the British West Indies enlisted in the armed forces during the First World War, playing a crucial but often thankless role in the Allied victory. And when the fighting was over, another struggle for respect and recognition began — feeding a new wave of self-determination in the Caribbean. James Ferguson remembers the events of a century ago that set it all in motion

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Engage, History, People, United Kingdom

Walter Tull — over the line | On this day

A century ago, as the First World War drew to a close, a Barbadian-British man named Walter Tull was killed on the battlefield. He was one of many thousands dead in the “Flanders clay,” but also unique: as James Ferguson writes, Lieutenant Tull was the first officer of colour ever appointed in the British Army, in defiance of race prejudice

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Engage, History

On the home front: World War I and the Caribbean

Few of us can have avoided noticing the commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War, and in particular the centenary of...

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Culture, Travel, Lifestyle, Cuba

In Praise of the Caribbean Cigar

My hero is a Cuban called Compay Segundo. He’s 90, has been a musician since just after World War 1, and is on a world tour as I write....

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Culture, Film and Television, People, Arts, United States

Hail to the Chief

Negro with a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey, by Colin Grant (Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-536794-2, 530 pp) Colin Grant...

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Culture, People, History, Jamaica

The doomed flight of Jesse Seligman

Dozens of flights arrive at and depart from Jamaica’s two international airports every day, bringing thousands of tourists, Jamaicans...

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