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History of the Bahamian People

Michael Craton and Gail Saunders. _Islanders in the Stream: A
History of the Bahamian People_. Volume One: _From Aboriginal Times
to the End of Slavery_. Athens and London: The University of Georgia
Press, 1999. xxiv + 455 pp. Maps, illustrations, notes, and index.
$24.95 (paper), ISBN 0-8203-2122-2.

Michael Craton and Gail Saunders. _Islanders in the Stream: A
History of the Bahamian People_. Volume Two: _From the Ending of
Slavery to the Twenty-first Century_. Athens and London: The
University of Georgia Press, 1998. xvi + 562 pp. Maps,
illustrations, notes, and index. $75.00 (cloth), ISBN 0-8203-1926-0.

Reviewed for H-LatAm by Michael C Stone
, FB Literaturwissenschaft Anglistik
und Amerikanistik, Universitaet Konstanz, Germany

History, Historiography and Narrating the Bahamian Nation

Michael Craton and Gail Saunders conceive _Islanders in the Stream_
as an exhaustive assessment of primary sources, "a comprehensive
narrative aimed to be the definitive national history of the
Bahamas" (Vol. 1, p. xvii). Their ambitious intent is to offer the
narrative reference and source index for all future Bahamas
scholarship, and in this they have succeeded masterfully. Craton has
tilled this ground for over thirty-five years, and Saunders,
Director of the Bahamas Department of Archives, is the author of two
books on island history. They have striven to produce "an authentic
national history" (Vol. 1, p. xvii), one that is simultaneously
social and popular in perspective, yet explicitly without grand
theoretical claims. They seek "to give recognition to ordinary
Bahamians and to tell the story of their long struggle for
self-realization against those same elites to whom history has
hitherto belonged" (Vol. 1, p. xx).

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