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H.C. Bankole-Bright and politics in colonial Sierra Leone, 1919-1958 /
Akintola J.G. Wyse.
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
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xii, 278 p. --
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0521365155
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Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1990.
isbn
0521365155
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1455882
 
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-06:
By the end of the 19th century the Krios of Sierra Leone held important positions in West Africa in commerce, the church, the professions, and in the British colonial service. However, the virulent racist ideas Europeans had developed by the turn of the century brought a reduced role in 20th-century West African and Sierra Leonean society for this energetic and talented people. H.C. Bankole-Bright's life exemplifies the rise and decline of Krio influence as the British refused to let the Krios become equal partners with themselves in governing Sierra Leone. Instead, the British first instituted a rigid color bar and by midcentury deferred to the indigenous population of the interior. Wyse's masterful account of Bankole-Bright's tempestuous, varied, and significant career as politician and nationalist offers valuable insights on the relations between the Krio society of Freetown and the people of the interior, and also between the British colonial overlords and their Sierra Leonean subjects. Wyse's style is readable, the bibliography is informative, the index is useful, and the 58 pages of notes are one of the book's important academic assets. Recommended for libraries at all levels. -R. A. Corby, University of Arkansas at Monticello
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"Written by Akintola J.G. Wyse, one of Sierra Leone's most prolific historians..."American Historical Review
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Main Description
This substantial and thoroughly documented book is a political biography of an important figure in Sierra Leone. It is also a comment on two of the major themes of the country's history - the relations between the Colony (Krio society) and the Protectorate (the earlier inhabitants of the territory) and, more importantly, the position of the imperial regime vis-à-vis its colonial subjects. The author, a Sierra Leonean and a Krio himself, skilfully examines the country's recent history through the life of Dr H. C. Bankole-Bright, an important leader of the Krio people. The Krio, descendants of the freed slaves, were the elite of Sierra Leone for more than a century, but ultimately they failed to master mass electorial politics during the period of decolonization leading to independence. Dr Bankole-Bright's failure is seen as emblematic of the disappointed hopes of the Krio as a political group in Sierra Leone. An underlying theme of the book is the misrepresentation of the Krio people in Sierra Leone historiography.
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This substantial and thoroughly documented book is a political biography of an important figure in Sierra Leone. It is also a comment on two of the major themes of the country's history - the relations between the Colony (Krio society) and the Protectorate (the earlier inhabitants of the territory) and, more importantly, the position of the imperial regime vis-à-vis its colonial subjects.
Description for Bookstore
This substantial and thoroughly documented book is a political biography of an important figure in Sierra Leone. It is also a comment on two of the major themes of the country's history - the relations between the Colony (Krio society) and the Protectorate (the earlier inhabitants of the territory) and, more importantly, the position of the imperial regime vis--vis its colonial subjects.
Main Description
This substantial and thoroughly documented book is a political biography of an important figure in Sierra Leone. It is also a comment on two of the major themes of the country's history--the relations between the Colony (Krio Society) and the protectorate (the earlier inhabitants of the territory) and more importantly, the position of the imperial regime vis-à-vis its colonial subjects. The author, a Sierra Leonean and a Krio himself, skillfully examines the country's recent history through the life of Dr. H.C. Bankole-Bright, an important leader of the Krio people. The Krio, descendants of the freed slaves, were the elite of Sierra Leone for more than a century, but ultimately they failed to master mass electoral politics during the period of decolonization leading to independence. Dr. Bankole-Bright's failure is seen as emblematic of the disappointed hopes of the Krio as a political group in Sierra Leone. An underlying theme of the book is the misrepresentation of the Krio people in Sierra Leone historiography.
Main Description
This substantial and thoroughly documented book is a political biography of an important figure in Sierra Leone. It is also a comment on two of the major themes of the country's history - the relations between the Colony (Krio society) and the Protectorate (the earlier inhabitants of the territory) and, more importantly, the position of the imperial regime vis--vis its colonial subjects. The author, a Sierra Leonean and a Krio himself, skilfully examines the country's recent history through the life of Dr H. C. Bankole-Bright, an important leader of the Krio people. The Krio, descendants of the freed slaves, were the elite of Sierra Leone for more than a century, but ultimately they failed to master mass electorial politics during the period of decolonization leading to independence. Dr Bankole-Bright's failure is seen as emblematic of the disappointed hopes of the Krio as a political group in Sierra Leone. An underlying theme of the book is the misrepresentation of the Krio people in Sierra Leone historiography.
Main Description
This substantial and thoroughly documented book is a political biography of an important figure in Sierra Leone. It is also a comment on two of the major themes of the country's history - the relations between the Colony (Krio society) and the Protectorate (the earlier inhabitants of the territory) and, more importantly, the position of the imperial regime vis-f-vis its colonial subjects. The author, a Sierra Leonean and a Krio himself, skilfully examines the country's recent history through the life of Dr H. C. Bankole-Bright, an important leader of the Krio people. The Krio, descendants of the freed slaves, were the elite of Sierra Leone for more than a century, but ultimately they failed to master mass electorial politics during the period of decolonization leading to independence. Dr Bankole-Bright's failure is seen as emblematic of the disappointed hopes of the Krio as a political group in Sierra Leone. An underlying theme of the book is the misrepresentation of the Krio people in Sierra Leone historiography.
Description for Bookstore
This substantial and thoroughly documented book is a political biography of an important figure in Sierra Leone. It is also a comment on two of the major themes of the country's history - the relations between the Colony (Krio society) and the Protectorate (the earlier inhabitants of the territory) and, more importantly, the position of the imperial regime vis-f-vis its colonial subjects.
Description for Library
This substantial and thoroughly documented book is a political biography of an important figure in Sierra Leone. It is also a comment on two of the major themes of the country's history - the relations between the Colony (Krio society) and the Protectorate (the earlier inhabitants of the territory) and, more importantly, the position of the imperial regime vis-à-vis its colonial subjects. The author, a Sierra Leonean and a Krio himself, skilfully examines the country's recent history through the life of Dr H. C. Bankole-Bright, an important leader of the Krio people.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Growing up: background to his family and early lifep. 3
Background to politics in the twentieth centuryp. 16
Politics in earnest: the setting up of the N.C.B.W.A., 1919-1924p. 32
In the Legislative Council, 1924-1939: the drama of confrontationp. 59
In the Legislative Council, 1924-1939: constructive oppositionp. 87
At the crossroads: the flickering flames of Congress and the challenge of W.A.Y.L., 1936-1939p. 108
In the political wilderness: the turbulent years, 1939-1951p. 133
Second innings in Parliament: the twilight years, 1951-1957p. 164
Bankole-Bright and colonial politics: an assessmentp. 179
Notesp. 192
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 263
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