Henry Redhead Yorke, Colonial Radical: Politics and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1772-1813, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Henry Redhead Yorke, Colonial Radical

Politics and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1772-1813, 1st Edition

By Amanda Goodrich


312 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents


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


About the Author

Amanda Goodrich is a lecturer in history at the Open University.

About the Series

The Enlightenment World

This series features monographs that take an innovative and challenging look at the political and intellectual history of the Enlightenment period. The richness of the Enlightenment experience makes it a significant topic for study. It had a profound impact on nearly every aspect of life during the long eighteenth century and many of its values are familiar to modern society. Some of the key themes that this series embraces include the scientific revolution; philosophical origins and progress of the Enlightenment; high and popular culture; the political impact of the Enlightenment; and its comparative impact in a broad European context.

Series Editor:          Michael T Davis (Griffith University)

Series Co-Editors:  Jack Fruchtman (Towson University)
                                 Kevin Gilmartin (Caltech)
                                 Jon Mee (University of York)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century