Revolution Stories: Narratives about the Grenadian Revolution and US Invasion of Grenada (1979-1983)

Date of Award

May 2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African American Studies


Joan O. Bryant


Divergent Narratives, Grenadian Revolution, Narratives, US Interventions, US Invasion

Subject Categories

Social and Behavioral Sciences


This thesis analyzes the divergent narratives crafted in official, personal, and fictional contexts about the Grenadian Revolution and United States invasion of Grenada. These developments encompass the first socialist revolution in the English-speaking Caribbean, the first assassination case of a sitting head of state in the Anglophone Caribbean, and the first English-speaking Caribbean nation to be invaded by the United States (Puri 5). The project’s historical timeline encompasses the People’s Revolution of March 13, 1979, the administration of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop until his assassination on October 19, 1983, and the subsequent U.S. invasion of Grenada launched by the administration of President Ronald Reagan and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on October 25, 1983. The historical timeline does not limit the narratives examined. My exploration dissects, in cultural terms, diverse accounts of phenomena that situated Grenada in the dynamics of Cold War politics. The narratives of government officials and individuals who experienced or observed the events appear in the form of novels, poetry, plays, comic books, oral histories, church services, and political speeches. The project illuminates the varied ways narratives are told and construct social and political realities of the Grenadian Revolution and its aftermath.


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