What Effect Did The Social Unrest Of The 1930s And 1940s Have On The Development Of Trade Unions And Political Parties In The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas?

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What factors contributed to the social unrest of the 1920s and 1930s ?
“As a consequence of the riot, the first awakenings of a new political awareness began to be felt in the hearts of black people, time and the remarkable foresight, courage and initiative of a few dedicated members of the majority were all that were required to crystallize this awareness into a mighty political force.” – Doris Johnson, the Quiet Revolution in the Bahamas: Family Islanders Press Limited -1972.Numerous factors or elements contributed to the social issues of the 1930s and the 1940s. From social factors such as: crime, racism, lack of education and poverty to economic factors like: Unemployment, the 1929 ...view middle of the document...

Recently, the Stock Market fell in 2008 and caused a recession. Many countries are still recovering from the down fall of the stocks.
The second economic distress that the people were concerned about was unemployment. This came about when the Stock Market Crashed. This happened because Jobs were shut down; they had no wages coming into the household, so they had to line for the social services. “The factories which imported crops and raw materials from Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean could not afford to pay profitable prices and this was how the Depression affected West Indian sugar estates”. – A Cry from the Workplace. “In his testimony, Clifford Holbert a stone mason who was protecting a shop that he owned with his father relays the incident that took place at about 10 am on June 2. I was sitting on the counter and the leader who is called Johnson held his hand up and made a sign to the man. Johnson had a carpenter’s hammer in his hand. He made a sign to the men and said, “Come on, boys lets go in. I said to them. “Why don’t you behave yourselves, aren’t we all colored? They still came in. the others besides the leader had sticks, bottles and stones and some of them had empty sacs as if to put my property in. I was sitting on the counter with a shotgun on my knees. They flocked around me and as they flocked around me the gun went off. The leader was taken up to the hospital as was dead.”- Account of a fatality by the proprietor of Bain Town store. (Source C)
This then leads me into the distresses in the social factors of the 1930’s and 1940’s as crime was on the increase. This happened because people didn’t have any money to provide for their families, and they had to find ways in which they could provide for their families. Crime caused many people to live in fear, and this state or fear contributed greatly to the social unrest of the 1930’s and 1940’s. Also, they were racism and discrimination towards each other, the color bar a perfect example of racism and discrimination. “Only a small percentage of the population enjoyed secondary education and the elementary schools were controlled by the Government. Teaching was limited to the three R’s, very basic reading, writing and arithmetic”. – A Cry from the workplace. In the 1930’s and 1940’s many immigrants were returning home. Anti- immigration laws went into effect in the U.S.A and Britain. This cause many immigrants to return home. This increase in population put a strain on the social services. Because of overpopulation the schools only could impart a little knowledge onto the children. Over population now contributes to some of the Government schools in The Bahamas. With the amount of children in one class a teacher could only teach little by little in the class time. If there is 36 children in a class, and the period is about half an hour. How much of the class time do you think the teacher could teach all 36 of the children. This problem would lead into people...

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