‘Caree A. Banton's book fills a significant gap in the story of Liberia's creation and its place in the larger Afro-Atlantic world. She skillfully renders the complex identities that Barbadians crafted at home and in Africa, while being mindful of their often conflicted notions of race, civilization, and empire.'
Claude A. Clegg, III - Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
‘This book is a sustained, often stimulating, commentary on blackness and notions of social class that traverses two widely differing terrains, from post-slavery in Barbados to the political and social construction of the Liberian state. While one may not fully share the author's assertions about the ‘failure' of emancipation in Barbados or about the class position that the migrant Barbadians had occupied in Barbadian society, or even about the content of the ideological baggage that they took to Liberia, one cannot help but be impressed by the verve and scholarly flourish with which the author states her case.'
Woodville Marshall - University of the West Indies, Barbados
‘In this highly original, well-researched monograph, Banton emphasizes the singular place of Barbadian migrants in Liberia's history.'
R. M. Delson