Country Report 3
People’s Progressive Party of Guyana
Just like every country has had its troubles with getting a stabile government established and keeping it, Guyana has had a history full of different ethnicities coming in and taking power for limited amounts of time throughout history. A very significant part of Guyana’s political history was the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), which was founded soon after the end of World War II. The two individuals, Cheddi Jagan and Janet Rosenberg, who were later the dominant political leaders in Guyana, were involved in the founding of the PPP. Cheddi Jagan came from a poor rural background. His social background was lower middle class East Indian. His father was a driver, an occupation that did not pay very well, but he still managed to send his son, Cheddi, to school in Georgetown and later to the United States to study dentistry at Northwestern University near Chicago (Cheddi Jagan). While at Northwestern Cheddi Jagan met and married Janet Rosenberg and the couple returned to British Guiana after the completion of Cheddi Jagan's training in dentistry (People's Progressive Party). Cheddi Jagan was soon pursuing a career in politics as well as dentistry. He formed a political discussion group called Political Affairs Committee (PAC) to promote a Marxist platform. The PAC ran several candidates in the 1937 general election and Cheddi Jagan won a seat in the legislature. He temporarily joined the Labour Party but left in objection to its center-right position. He actively participated in labor union actions and in 1950 founded the People's Progressive Party. Initially the PPP had support in both the Indian-descent and African-descent communities (Guyana). One of the supporters of the PPP within the African-descent community was Linden Forbes Burnham. Burnham came from a more middle class background than Cheddi Jagan did. Burnham was the son of school teacher and lived in the Georgetown area....
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