Africa: Roots of Jamaican Culture
Black culture was until recently considered backward and unworthy of study by European historians. Its expression has been fundamentaly oral, making it inaccesssible to those traditional historians who set so much store by documents. In Roots of Jamaican Culture, Professor Mervyl Alleyne challenges established views to argue that the history of a people, especially a subject people, can never be conveyed in conventional political, economical, and constitutional accounds. He examines language, religion, music and social organisation of the Jamacian people to reveal the strong cultural continuities with Africa - the origins of new cultural forms and political movements, such as Garveyism and Rastafarianism.