Sunday, August 07, 2011

New Book on Spiritual Baptists

KINGS-SVG Publishers is pleased to announce the publication of
“From Shakers To Spiritual Baptists: The Struggle For Survival of the Shakers
of St. Vincent and the Grenadines” by Adrian Fraser. The new
book (edited by Baldwin King and Cheryl Phills King) examines the factors and
circumstances that led to the passage of the Shaker Prohibition Ordinance that
declared the Shaker religion illegal in 1912. It then traces the efforts made to
repeal that Ordinance. The focus is on the Shakers’ struggle for survival and
for their right to worship in the manner they deemed fit. Central to this were the
environment and conditions that emerged in St. Vincent after the riots of 1935.
George McIntosh, who was one of the main political personalities to have come
on to the political scene after the riots, is depicted as one of the chief architects
of the efforts to have the Ordinance repealed. Some attention is paid to the origin
of the religion known at first as ‘The Wilderness People'. This account of
St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ only known indigenous religion should be of
interest to all members of that religion and of Vincentians and others generally, as the
forces against which the Shakers had to contend were ones that helped to
shape so much of our history and society.
The author, Dr. Adrian Fraser, is Head of the University of the West Indies
Open Campus, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He is the author of
Chatoyer (Chatawae): National Hero of St .Vincent and the Grenadines.
He is also a weekly columnist with the Searchlight newspaper of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The retail price of the book (paperback, 101 pages,
ISBN: 0-9778981-7-2) is US$13.95 plus shipping and handling
(US$3.00 in the US, US$5.00 to Canada and US $9.00 to the Caribbean and the United Kingdom, by airmail).
To order, please send us your name, address and payment (check
or money order payable to KINGS-SVG) to: Baldwin King, P. O. Box 702,
Madison, NJ 07940, U.S.A . You may also place your order through our
website: (Click on Bookstore). Our
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