George F. Tyson \\ 1995
The Fireburn was directed against an anachronistic labour law that immigrant and native labourers considered 'a species of slavery'. Although the uprising was ruthlessly supressed, the Fireburn compelled authorities to change towards free labour principles (...)
Annotated Register of consular Consular correspondence concerning the origins, events and aftermath of the St Croix labor insurrection of 1878, as found in the British Foreign office papers at the public record office, Kew, England (for download).
George F. Tyson \\ 1984
'The British Government and it consular representatives became deeply involved in the labor troubles on St Croix for several resons. Forst, emigrant laboreres from the Brish West Indies comprised a large percentage of the island's plantation labor force. Many of these workers took part in the Fireburn because of legitimate gievances of ill-treatment and exploitation by the planters.....'
La Vaughn Belle,
George F. Tyson \\ 2009
As a long-time historian, and former teacher of Virgin Islands and Caribbean History, I can state unequivocally that Fireburn was one of the most important events in Virgin Islands and Caribbean history, and that I wholeheartedly support the intent of this legislation to commemorate it on an annual basis every October 1st (...)
Charles Edwin Taylor \\ 1888
Since its publication a very influential local source, that has informed much of local understanding and writing. It has, however, many defects, including failure to mention the 1879 general strike and an obvious unsympathetic and racist perspective toward the laborers.
The blog is going to be written by scholars, activists, descendants of Fireburn rioters and others engaged in this part of history - stay tuned.
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