Walter Rodney was banned from re-entering Jamaica on October 15, 1968, after attending a Black Writers Conference in Montreal Canada. As a consequence, his post as a lecturer in History, at the University of the West Indies(UWI), Mona campus was revoked.
The essays in this book are solid, potent and very relevant today. They represent the essence of brother Walter's rootical groundation with the masses of Jamaica society, moreso, the Rastafari community, who he dwelled among and taught me the importance of knowing African history as a solid foundation so as to be more knowledgeable of their African heritage.
It was due to this close collaboration of Dr.Rodney - one of the Caribbean and Africa's brightest sons with Rasta, the so-called dregs, or most down-pressed and down trodden of Jamaica society at that time, that led the Jamaican government, under Prime Minister Hugh Shearer to initiate the ban against him.
Dr. Walter Rodney was assassinated on June 13, 1980, in his birth place, Guyana, by agents of the ruthless dictator Forbes Burnham who disguised himself under the cloak of socialism.
Dr. Walter Rodney was the author of many papers and articles published in magazines and journals throughout the world, his most well known works include "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa"(Bogle L'Overture Publications, 1972), "A History of the Upper Guinea Coast 1545-1880(Monthly Review Press, 1981), "A History of the Working People of Guyana"(Heinemann 1981).
The editor, Ewart Thomas is at present, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Stanford, in California, USA.