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Eric WalrondA Life in the Harlem Renaissance and the Transatlantic Caribbean$
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James Davis

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157841

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157841.001.0001

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Guyana and Barbados (1898–1911)

Guyana and Barbados (1898–1911)

(p.11) 1 Guyana and Barbados (1898–1911)
Eric Walrond

James Davis

Columbia University Press

This chapter chronicles the life of Eric Walrond, from his birth to Barbadian parents in British Guiana (now Guyana), to the Walrond family's eventual departure to Panama. The collapse of Barbadian sugar had propelled his parents to the coast of South America, and protracted labor unrest in British Guiana drove them back. Ruth and William Walrond were not poor; William was a tailor and Ruth a devout churchgoer and missionary for the Plymouth Brethren. But they depended on the vitality of the local economy and as a result, Eric, his two brothers, and two sisters were—like many Caribbean families—moved in pursuit of opportunity. These relocations would leave a profound impact upon Eric Walrond, who would see himself as a black man shaped by the colonial histories that had become the backdrop of his childhood homes.

Keywords:   British Guiana, Panama, Barbadian sugar, Ruth Walrond, William Walrond, colonial history, South America

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