Double Passage: The Lives of Caribbean Migrants Abroad and Back Home

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University of Michigan Press, 1992 - Social Science - 339 pages
Double Passage presents, in their own words, the lives and experiences of thirteen men and women from the island of Barbados who emigrated to North America and Britain and then years later returned home. They tell of their decisions to leave the familiarity and security of home for an uncertain future in cities of the industrial world; they explain what it is like to be black and immigrant in the predominantly white societies they settled in; and they reveal their struggles to find work and decent housing, to develop new relationships, and to save enough money to be able to return home and assume the affluent lifestyle expected of returnees. Double Passage is an extraordinary book that is able both to inform and to entertain.
 

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These oral histories of 13 Barbadians who emigrated to England and the United States and later returned home make for charming and interesting reading. Comparing the Barbados of their childhood with ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Barbados The Island Homeland
19
Patterns of West Indian Migration
41
Barbadians in Britain
61
Norman and Ann Bovell
63
Roy Campbell
83
Valenza Griffith
105
John Wickham
129
The Mighty Gabby
179
Siebert and Aileen Allman
201
Richard Goddard
221
13 Errol Inniss
243
Interpretations
259
Immigrants in the Metropole
261
The Meaning of Return Migration
283
Reflections on Oral History and Migration
311

Cleveland and Rose Thornhill
145
Janice Whittle
161
Barbadians in North America
177

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