Antiguan and Barbuda book review: To Shoot Hard Labour
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Antiguan and Barbuda book review: To Shoot Hard Labour

Saint John's : Antigua and Barbuda | Sep 10, 2011 at 11:02 AM PDT
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To Shoot Hard Labour: The Life and Times of Samuel Smith, an Antiguan workingman 1877-1982 written by Keithlyn B Smith and Fernando C Smith.

Published by Edans Publishers, ISBN 0-921073-03-8 pbk/ 0-921073-01-1 hbk is available on amazon.

Too Shoot Hard Labour is one of the most prolific books ever written about Antigua and Barbuda, and to a greater extent the Caribbean and the Western Hemisphere on post-slavery.

This book give a detail account of life after slavery in Antigua and Barbuda where the chains were let go in 1834, four years before the rest of the New World. But as one reads To Shoot Hard Labour it begs the question is slavery was over before 1960 in Antigua and Barbuda. It also begs the question is life was still so crude and inhumane to blacks in Antigua and Barbuda in the twentieth century what were the conditions truly like during those 400 dark years of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. It makes its reader realise that the African race could never and will never be compensated for the worst crimes ever against humanity.

To Shoot Hard Labour also given an in-depth insight of the total social fabric during this era. The bits and pieces of Antigua and Barbudan culture highlighted makes one realise that Africa is indeed the Mother Land, and England as the whites have long make the blacks to believe.

This book is recommended for all to read, for the prospective of one who had life through it and wanted the true be told.

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wadadli is based in Saint John's, Saint John, Antigua and Barbuda, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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