West Indians in West Africa, 1808-1880

October 2000
270 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora
ISBN: 9781580460460
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
BISAC HIS001000, SOC007000, SOC008000

West Indians in West Africa, 1808-1880

The African Diaspora in Reverse

Nemata Blyden

A history of the West Indians who migrated to Sierra Leone from the Caribbean after the abolition of slavery in 1807.
An examination of the trans-oceanic migration of West Indians from the Caribbean to Sierra Leone in the decades following the abolition of slavery in the British colonies in 1807. The West Indians who immigrated to Sierra Leone during this period came to occupy many positions in the colonial government of the colony, and, in time, they were an important [although not always liked] minority. Nemata Blyden is a Professor in the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas.


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

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