Film launch: Every Cook Can Govern: the life, works and impact of C. L. R. James

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On Thursday 31st March a new documentary film will be launched at King’s College, London, exploring the life and works of C. L. R. James (1901 – 1989). James was a Trinidadian historian, essayist, anti-colonialist, and anti-Stalinist marxist. He was an autodidact who wrote widely on Caribbean history, politics, social theory, and cricket.

“The Life of Captain Cipriani” by C. L. R. James, 1932

In the TUC Library we have a number of works on the subject of C. L. R. James and authored by him. We have a copy of C. L. R. James and Revolutionary Marxism, edited by Scott McLemee and Paul Le Blanc. We also have a copy of “The Life of Captain Cipriani: an account of British Government in the West Indies” by C. L. R. James, published in 1932 (above). Captain Cipriani was a trade unionist, politician and founder of the Trinidad Labour Party. In 1933 a condensed version of this work was published as “The Case for West-Indian Self-Government” (see below).

“The Case for West-Indian Self-Government” by C. L. R. James, 1933.

For more information on what we hold on the subject of C. L. R. James, get in touch. You can also download a Resource Guide of sources for Caribbean Studies in the TUC Library.

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