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Richard Hart obituary


My friend Richard Hart, who has died aged 96, was a central figure in the early history of West Indian trade unions and nationalist politics. In Britain, where he lived from 1965 onwards, he became a prolific and influential historian of the Caribbean.

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Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, into a wealthy family, he was sent to a British boarding school, Denstone college, in Staffordshire. He later joked that this experience made him a “class traitor”, teaching him what it meant to be not white and a colonial.

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