Henry Redhead Yorke, Colonial Radical Politics and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1772-1813
This is a political, cultural and intellectual biography of the neglected but important figure, Henry Redhead Yorke. A West Indian of African/British descent, born into a slave society but educated in Georgian England, he developed a complex identity to which politics was key. The most revolutionary radical in Britain between 1793-5, Yorke then recanted his radicalism and died a loyalist gentleman. This book raises important issues about the impact of "outsider" politics in England and the complexities of politicization and identity construction in the Atlantic World. It restores a forgotten black writer to his due place in history.
Introduction 1. The Colonial Periphery 2. The Colonial Centre 3. Citizen of the World 4. Performance on the Outdoor Platform 5. Up Against the Government and the Law 6. The Trials 7. Recanting 8. A Loyalist Gentleman. Conclusion