First edition of this influential critique of British colonialism by "the most important Black intellectual in Trinidad during his lifetime" (Cedric J. Robinson).
"Thomas takes Froude's book to pieces, analyses it paragraph by paragraph and refutes prejudice after prejudice, with that comprehensive irony and controlled rage which has become one of the characteristic features of black protest." – Gordon Rohlehr
In 1888, author James Anthony Froude published a travel book, THE ENGLISH OF THE WEST INDIES, that made extended arguments in favor of British colonialism. Thomas's book-length response was key to developing a Caribbean anti-colonial philosophy and a larger Caribbean intellectual tradition. Through contributions like this book (his most famous), Thomas was on the vanguard of radical thought in the Caribbean, working alongside Michel Maxwell Philip and others to establish literary networks that "provided the institutional and ideological foundation for a wide range of twentieth century literary institutions and writers" (Leah Reade Rosenberg) – among them Jamaica Kincaid, V.S. Naipul, and C.L.R. James. In his 1969 introduction to a new edition of FROUDACITY, James remarked: "It was the Caribbean human condition which produced Jacob Thomas. To know him well is to know ourselves better." Rare in commerce, with no auction records.
Read more: Robinson, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition; Lewis, "J. J. Thomas and Political Thought in the Caribbean," Caribbean Quarterly Vol. 36 No. 1/2; Rosenberg, Nationalism and the Formation of Caribbean Literature; James, "The West Indian Intellectual," introduction to 1969 edition of FROUDACITY by New Beacon.
London: T. Fisher Unwin, 1889. 7.25'' x 5''. Original mustard yellow pictorial cloth stamped in light blue and black. Yellow coated endpapers. Publisher's catalogue at rear. 261, , 24 pages. Cloth somewhat soiled and lightly mottled, spine lean. Hinges cracked but firm, interior clean.
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