Weekly highlight: Bloomsbury Collections

DarcusHowe Biography cover

A lot of publishers are making content available for free to help students and researchers during the current restrictions that many institutions face. Since much of this content is made available at once, you might be overwhelmed by the sheer size of it. Therefor the ISS Library will highlight a collection or title every week, while keeping current events in mind. This week's highlight: Bloomsbury Collections which includes Darcus Howe: a Political Biography.

Bloomsbury collections offers full-text access to eBooks published by Bloomsbury and its imprints. Adding to Erasmus Library's permanent collection, Bloomsbury has made over 8000 titles in 22 subject areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences available in HTML full text until June 30, 2020. Of particular interest to ISS members are the collections on Anthropology, Politics & International Relations, Law, and Sociology

The later includes a small collection on Sociology of Ethnic and Racial Studies, in which we can find Darcus Howe: a Political Biography. This biography examines the struggle for racial justice in Britain, through the lens of one of Britain’s most prominent and controversial black journalists and campaigners. Born in Trinidad during the dying days of British colonialism, Howe has become an uncompromising champion of racial justice. The book examines how Howe’s unique political outlook was inspired by the example of his friend and mentor C.L.R. James, and forged in the heat of the American civil rights movement, as well as Trinidad’s Black Power Revolution. The book sheds new light on Howe’s leading role in the defining struggles in Britain against institutional racism in the police, the courts and the media. It focuses on his part as a defendant in the trial of the Mangrove Nine, the high point of Black Power in Britain; his role in conceiving and organizing the Black People’s Day of Action, the largest ever demonstration by the black community in Britain; and his later work as one of a prominent journalist and political commentator.’