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HIS325 - Burma Road Riots

Race, Class & Gender in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Bahamas
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Antonette Hudson

on 20 December 2013

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Transcript of HIS325 - Burma Road Riots

THE BURMA ROAD
RIOT
ACTS/LAWS
n = 130 in less than 1 week
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS
General Themes:
Lack of Education
Inequality
Social Conflict/Polarization
White Superiority

MINIMUM WAGE ACT
RIOTS ACT
ISSUES SURROUNDING THE EVENTS
Outdated legislation. Non-comprehensive legislation that caters only to those who will benefit from it

Delayed resolution (if any at all)
What is an increase of one shilling?
Free lunch for one day?

Abigail Wallace & Garelle Hudson
HIS 325 – Dr. D. Higgs
October 2, 2013

The British Commission referred to the Burma Road Riots as similar to a Junkanoo festival.
a) Is this a statement of prejudice or is it poetic?
b) Are there any similarities between the two, if any?

A Comment was made by the british enquiry about the death of a black man:

“… we are informed that his death did not deprive the community of a valuable citizen...”

Question: Who are our valuable citizens???

http://laws.bahamas.gov.bs/cms/images/LEGISLATION/PRINCIPAL/2002/2002-0001/MinimumWagesAct_1.pdf
http://laws.bahamas.gov.bs/cms/images/LEGISLATION/PRINCIPAL/1943/1943-0028/RiotsClaimsTribunalAct_1.pdf

How much could you buy with four shillings? Let's calculate!
Therefore, they ( the British commission ) concluded:

' if unemployment and trouble in Nassau is to be checked,
it is necessary that improvement in the conditions of the
Out Islands be proceeded forthwith'"

Do you think this solution applies to today's state of:
a) economic climate / unemployment levels
b) crime rates

Biased/Flawed investigations:

No clear cut result
No independent bodies

Can you think of any similar events (historical/present-day) that has been plagued by flawed investigations?

e.g. Cuban Abuse at the Detention Centre Case.

Going down Burma Road
- Ronnie Butler & The Ramblers
During the time of the riots, a surplus of people were employed to maximize the amount of work to be done. Problem – Many people employed but they were paid very low wages.
Unequal Pay for Equal work

Do you think this is the case in today's economy?
Free ranged law enforcement with little/limited amounts of accountability (eg senseless killings. Lack of legislative enforcement)

WHO WERE SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED?


Why do you think Milo Butler refused to answer any questions?
Do you think the Duke & Duchess were mere novelties?
THE BLAME GAME (Discuss)
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