Modern Raleighs in a New Elizabethan Age

Anne Spry Rush

in Bonds of Empire

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588558
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728990 | DOI:
Modern Raleighs in a New Elizabethan Age

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This chapter concludes the book's investigation of royalty by examining how, in the post-war colonial period, Jamaicans aligned themselves with the British monarch to emphasize their pride in being British, and also to promote their right to self-rule. It focuses primarily on Jamaicans’ response to Elizabeth II in the context of one year, 1953, when they celebrated both the royal coronation and Elizabeth's visit to their island. In this year, a wide variety of Jamaicans (including educators, politicians, students, religious leaders, and journalists) aligned themselves with the British monarch to emphasize and further their claim as proud Jamaicans deserving of self-rule, as well as to celebrate their homeland's place within the British Commonwealth. The symbol of the British monarch thus became a part of the Jamaican campaign for self-government (and, to some degree, independence) even as it remained a tribute to the continued role of Britishness in Caribbean life.

Keywords: British Commonwealth; coronation; Elizabeth; independence; Jamaicans; monarch; royal visit; royalty; self–government; symbol

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Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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