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Placing Walter Rodneys (1942-1980) work in the larger tradition of West Indian involvement with continental Africa, this study traces the evolution of Rodneys political ideas through examination of his life, his writings on Africa and theMorePlacing Walter Rodneys (1942-1980) work in the larger tradition of West Indian involvement with continental Africa, this study traces the evolution of Rodneys political ideas through examination of his life, his writings on Africa and the Caribbean, and his political practice. A West Indian, Pan-Africanist, and Marxist, Rodney functioned in the intellectual tradition of C. L. R. James, Henry Sylvester-Williams, and George Padmore of Trinidad and Tobago, Theophilus Scholes and Marcus Garvey of Jamaica, and the collective force of the Rastafarian movement -- although his post-colonial -- era perspective set him apart from these earlier figures. Continuing to receive critical attention today, Rodneys work is largely concerned with reconstructing the political economy of the Atlantic slave trade and analyzing its consequences for Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The first three chapters of this study follow Rodneys life from his birth in British Guiana in 1942 through the start of his professional life as a historian at age 24. The remaining seven chapters explore significant issues in his research into African and Caribbean history and vital moments of his political activism from 1966 to his murder in 1980 at age 38. The first single-authored biography of Walter Rodney, this book offers interviews with individuals in the Caribbean and Africa to further exhibit the inspiring life of this eminent scholar and activist.