The Journal of Caribbean History: Volume 47, Issue 1

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Rebel with a Cause: The Fall and Rise of Abbé Samuel Power

Bernard Ince


Abbé Samuel Power (1801–1851) was a secular Irish missionary priest whose liberationist commitment to the spiritual and educational welfare of the nonwhite labouring classes of Grenada and Trinidad before and after British slave emancipation, brought him into serious conflict with Church and State. Power’s case, analysed here for the first time, offers a model for understanding the social and religious issues in the British Caribbean prevalent during this critical period