123. History Teaches Us: Walter Rodney

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Pan-Africanist and Marxist historian Walter Rodney rethinks Black Power, engages with Rastafari, and opposes racial division in his home country of Guyana.



Further Reading

• W. Rodney, The Groundings with My Brothers, ed. A.T. Rodney and J.J Benjamin (London: 2019 [1969]).

• W. Rodney, A History of the Upper Guinea Coast 1545 - 1800 (London: 1970).

• W. Rodney, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa (London: 2018 [1972]).

• W. Rodney, A History of the Guyanese Working People, 1881-1905 (Baltimore: 1981). 

• W. Rodney, Walter Rodney Speaks: The Making of an African Intellectual (Trenton: 1990).

• W. Rodney, The Russian Revolution: A View from the Third World, ed. R.D.G. Kelley and J.J. Benjamin (London: 2018).

• W. Rodney, Decolonial Marxism: Essays from the Pan-African Revolution, ed. A. Rodney, P. Rodney, B. Mabie and J. Benjamin (London: 2022).


• D. Austin, Fear of a Black Nation: Race, Sex, and Security in Sixties Montreal (Toronto: 2013).

• D. Austin, Moving Against the System: The 1968 Congress of Black Writers and the Making of Global Consciousness (Toronto: 2018).

• A. Bogues, Black Heretics, Black Prophets: Radical Political Intellectuals (New York: 2003), chapter 5. 

• A. Boukari-Yabara, Walter Rodney, un historien engagé (1942-1980) (Paris: 2018).

• H. Campbell, Rasta and Resistance: From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney (Trenton: 1987).

• P. Henry, "C.L.R. James, Walter Rodney, and the Rebuilding of Caribbean Socialism," The C.L.R. James Journal 19 (2013): 458-484.

• R.C. Lewis, Walter Rodney's Intellectual and Political Thought (Detroit: 1998).

• L. Zeilig, A Revolutionary for Our Time: The Walter Rodney Story (Chicago: 2022).

• N. Westmaas, "Resisting Orthodoxy: Notes on the Origins and Ideology of the Working People's Alliance," Small Axe 8 (2004): 63-81.


Special thanks to Patricia Rodney, Denise Jeffers, and Chevy Eugene. 


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