Colin A. Palmer

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Colin A. Palmer
BornColin Alphonsous Palmer
(1944-03-23)March 23, 1944
Lambs River, Westmoreland, Jamaica
DiedJune 20, 2019(2019-06-20) (aged 75)
Kingston, Jamaica
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin
GenreNovels, autobiographies, articles
SubjectAfrican diaspora
Notable worksFreedom's Children, Human Cargoes

Colin Alphonsous Palmer (March 23, 1944 − June 20, 2019)[1] was a Jamaican American historian. He was a Dodge Professor of History and African American studies at Princeton University.[2]

Palmer was an author of several monographs pertaining to the history of diasporic Africans. His worked mainly focusing on the effects of the enslavement and colonization of Africans. The effects that he discusses are known as the African Diaspora[citation needed]. Palmer attended the University of the West Indies for his bachelor's degree and then went on to receive his masters and PH.D from the University of Wisconsin. He went on to teach at several institutions including Oakland University, the University of North Carolina, and the City University of New York.[citation needed] One of his most notable works, Freedom's Children, concerns the plight of Jamaican workers almost 100 years after the abolition of slavery. The monograph contains an in-depth history of British colonialism in Jamaica. It provides insight on Alexander Bustamante's association with the imperial regime, the rise of trade unions and the beginning of party politics in Jamaica. These topics are thoroughly detailed in this work, bringing the harshness of the British regime to light.[3] Colin Palmer's works concerned the history of Blacks from several regions, including Jamaica, Mexico, America, and Africa. In addition to his books, Palmer also published academic articles in journals such as The Black Scholar. He later worked as a managing editor for the Blacks Studies Center and teaches at the University of Princeton.[2] Palmer died in Kingston, Jamaica on June 20, 2019.[1]

List of Works[edit]

  • Capitalism and Slavery (Editor) (1944)
  • Inward Hunger: The Education of Prime Minister (Editor) (1972)
  • Slaves of the White God: Blacks in Mexico, 1570-1650 (1976)
  • Human Cargoes (1981)
  • Modern Caribbean (1989)
  • The First Passage: Blacks in the Americas 1502-1617 (1995)
  • The African Diaspora (1996)
  • Passageways: An Interpretive History of Black America (1998)
  • The Education of History for Twenty-First Century (2003)
  • Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History: The Black experience in The Americas (Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History) 6 vol. set (2005)
  • Beyond Black and Red: African-Native Relations in Colonial Latin America (2005)
  • Eric Williams & The Making Of The Modern Caribbean (2006)
  • Ideology, Identity and Assumptions (2007)
  • Cultural Life (2007)
  • Cheddi Jagan and the Politics of Power: British Guiana's Struggle for Independence (2010)
  • Freedom's Children: The 1983 Labor Rebellion and the Birth of Modern Jamaica (2014)


  1. ^ a b Genzlinger, Neil. "Colin Palmer, Historian of the African Diaspora, Is Dead at 75". Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "BSC: Author Biography". Black Studies Center. Proquest. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "Freedom's Children eBook by Colin A. Palmer - Kobo". Kobo.