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Maurice Bishop Speaks: The Grenada Revolution and Its Overthrow 1979-83

Maurice Bishop

Maurice Bishop Speaks: The Grenada Revolution and Its Overthrow 1979-83


           These are the speeches of Maurice Bishop, prime minister of Grenada during the 1979-83 revolution in that small, English-speaking Caribbean country.

            In 1983 the workers’ and farmers’ government there was overthrown by a Stalinist-inspired coup.  Bishop, the central leader of the revolution, was murdered.  This betrayal opened the door to a U.S. military invasion, which installed a pro-U.S. regime.

            Bishop explains here what the revolution was about and why the U.S. government opposed it.  His speeches assess the gains made by the working people of the island during the revolution.  Workers and farmers began to take in hand the governing of their country, develop its economy, and combat the effects of imperialist exploitation and racist oppression. 

            The reasons for the revolution’s defeat are analyzed in a speech by Cuban president Fidel Castro and in the introduction by Steve Clark.

            The triumph of the 1979 revolution in the Caribbean island of Grenada had "importance for all struggles around the world," said Maurice Bishop, its central leader. Invaluable lessons from that workers and farmers government, overturned in a Stalinist-led coup in 1983, can be found in this collection of Bishop's speeches and interviews.

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