Glossary Term

Grenada Revolution

The policies and programs of the NJM and its government, the PRG, in Grenada from March 13, 1979 to October 25, 1983.
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Led by Maurice Bishop and described as the first armed “socialist revolution” to occur in a predominantly black state in the western hemisphere, the Grenada Revolution refers to the 4 ½-year rule of the New Jewel Movement in Grenada.

Following the success of Operation Apple, the revolution officially began with the overthrow of Grenada Prime Minister, Eric Gairy and his regime on March 13, 1979 by the New Jewel Movement.

People of Grenada, this revolution is for work, for food, for decent housing and health services, and for a bright future for our children and great grandchildren.  The benefits of the revolution will be given to everyone regardless of political opinion or which political party they support.  Let us unite as one…

 – Maurice Bishop, radio broadcast, March 13, 1979

Depending on whom you ask, the Grenada Revolution ended either on Bloody Wednesday, October 19, 1983 when Bishop and several of his supporters were murdered or on October 25, 1983 the day of the US Intervention.

The revolution enjoyed popular support from Grenadians and was affectionately known as the ‘Revo’.

The Revo
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