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Introduction

Mark Clague

in The Memoirs of Alton Augustus Adams, Sr.

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520251311
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933811 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251311.003.0001
Introduction

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Alton Augustus Adams's activities focused on the local: the economic base of political power and educational institutions and the vitality of a cosmopolitan Virgin Islands identity. As the memoirs in this book demonstrate, he insisted on but one soul, one guiding principle that shaped his life and informed his decisions: an undying passion for the promise of the individual linked to the welfare of his island home. He hoped to convince the youth of the Virgin Islands to follow this path—to develop a sense of self and history that would serve as a spiritual and social guide, combining community tolerance with personal ambition. He could be described as essentially an integrationist who saw economic prosperity as the key to lowering class and in turn racial barriers. The book narrates the story of what brought the islands to this point of opportunity and argues that cultural traditions are vital to future success.

Keywords: Virgin Islands; memoirs; one soul; racial barriers; social guide

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Subjects: American Music

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