Black employment and British colonial policy, 1796-1830; West Indians in Sierra Leone; British colonial policy - Sierra Leone and West Indies; West Indians in office; West Indians as outsiders - class, race and ethnicity in the 1850s and 1860s; the case of Alexander Fitzjames; William Rainy, the press and the end of West Indian influence? epilogue and conclusion.
Greatly expands previous works. . . skillful use of incidents whatbiography. . . compelling. CHOICE This book is a useful addition to diaspora studies and Sierra Leone history. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF AFRICAN HISTORICAL STUDIES Blyden's work throws new light on some familiar questions of imperial history, and on continuing debates about race and class, ethnicity and identity. JOURNAL OF IMPERIAL AND COMMONWEALTH HISTORY Well written and an important contribution to Diaspora, Atlantic, and migration studies. . . Both generalists and experts will find it extremely useful. INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION REVIEW Richly documented chapters. . . [a] pioneering review. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW