234 : Building your Library # 5

Studies of Africa and African society have long attracted academics, whose researches in the colonial archives have many attractions. Margaret Priestley investigated the Brew family of southern Ghana from mid-18th century to the twentieth century. Irishman Richard Brew started three decades of Africa life during the Atlantic slaving period, and his Afro-Irish family’s lives were traced by Priestley in London, Accra and Dublin, with many interviews in Ghana. Published by Oxford University Press in 1969, West African Trade and Coast Society: a Family Study unravels details of education, professional training, business and politics that linked colonial Ghana (the Gold Coast) and the British Isles. One individual – James Hutton Brew – lived in England from 1888 to his death in April 1915. He was a solicitor and aided visiting African delegations, and was involved in property. He died at 14 Paulet Road, Brixton, south London when his occupation was stated to be ‘land company promoter’. His photograph appears in Priestley’s book, which is available at £10.

Index to Building Your Library

#  1         Neil Parsons, King Khama, Emperor Joe and the Great White Queen. Tswana 1895

#  2         Nancy Cunard

#  3         Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson

#  4         Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

#  5         Brew family of Ghana and London

#  6         Booker T Washington; Chief Alfred Sam

#  7         Wellesley Cole, Kossoh Town Boy and An Innocent in Britain

#  8         Ira Aldridge

#  9         Paul Robeson, Negro, 1927

# 10       The Black Abolitionist Papers, Vol 1

# 11       Jomo Kenyatta

# 12       Langston Hughes The Big Sea (1940) and Rampersad’s biography 1986, 1988

# 13       Percy Chen, China Called Me

# 14       Stimela Jingoes (Lesotho) recalled France in 1917; Herbert Julian Black Eagle memoir of a Trinidad aeroplane fanatic trained in 1910s England

# 15       Thomas L. Johnson, Twenty-eight Years a Slave (Bournemouth 1909)

# 16       Donald Hinds, Journey to an Illusion (1966).

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