CROSS AND CROWN IN BARBADOS. CARIBBEAN POLITICAL RELIGION IN THE LATE 19TH CENTURY.
Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2011. Second edition 8vo, wrps, 187, bibl. New Paperback 9781610970617 During the late 19th century, Caribbean society was generally controlled by the local plantocracy and the colonial administration of the Europeans. Barbados was so much the pride of the British colonies in teh Caribbean that it was called 'Little England'. The life-blood of the society, the Black labouring classes, reaped very little of the social and economic benefits from the Sugar industry which the White planterclass owned and controlled. The Church was also controlled by the planter-class, and it functioned effectively to sustain a pattern of rigid social containment, and to work consistenly for the maintenance of the status quo. Political religion in Barbados was therefore an engine of social control of the poor Blacks by the rich Whites. Cross and Crown created peace and poverty. (Item ID: 154155)