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In this section, David Austin draws on a debate between Archie Singham and Robert A. Hill about The Black Jacobins from 1970 and suggests that the Caribbean was central to James’s early conception of the book. Austin explores the impact of the work on the C. L. R. James Study Circle in Montreal in the late 1960s and the debates among these Caribbean radicals on the meaning and lessons of James’s revolutionary history for contemporary struggles in the Caribbean.

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