Gordonstoun, Elgin IV30 5RF, United Kingdom
Christopher Fyfe attended Gordonstoun School.
Oxford OX1 4BH, United Kingdom
Christopher Fyfe studied at University College, Oxford.
(James Africanus Beale Horton was a remarkable figure on t...)
James Africanus Beale Horton was a remarkable figure on the West African scene of the last century. This is a full-length biography of the talented and versatile man-physician, British Army officer, mining entrepreneur, banker - who was one of the most prolific West African authors of his time. Indeed, his most important legacy is "West African Countries and Peoples" written in 1868 to answer the newly-emerging champions of white racism, a book which predicted with uncanny accuracy the path Africa was to follow in the 1950s and 60s. Horton's life and career are portrayed against the political, economic, and intellectual background of his own West Africa under the impact of colonial rule.
(This is a unique group of previously unpublished letters ...)
This is a unique group of previously unpublished letters which are held in manuscript form by the British Library, the Library of the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the Public Record Office, London. The letters were written by black settlers who had migrated from North America to Sierra Leone. They record an attempt by self-liberated ex-slaves to obtain political and land rights, which they felt had been unjustly denied them, using their literacy in English as a tool. Christopher Fyfe's introduction explains the historical background of the period. An important supplementary essay by Professor Charles Jones examines the linguistic significance of the letters, comparing them with native English letters of the period.
Christopher Fyfe attended Gordonstoun School. He also studied at University College, Oxford.
From 1962 to 1991 Christopher Fyfe was a faculty member of the Centre of African Studies at the University of Edinburgh and became a professor of African history there. He has held a special fascination for the country of Sierra Leone, about which he has written or edited a number of books, including several histories published in the 1960s. He gained acclaim for editing two books that offer unique insights into Sierra Leone: "Our Children Free and Happy": Letters from Black Settlers in Africa in the 1790s and Narrative of Two Voyages to the River Sierra Leone during the Years 1791-1792-1793.
In "Our Children Free and Happy," Fyfe presents a collection of previously unpublished letters written by former slaves who had emigrated from North America to Sierra Leone. These documents, which include petitions and regulations along with missives to the British colonial governor, detail the settlers' ultimately unsuccessful efforts to obtain sovereignty over the land. Fyfe also edited and added supplementary materials to the journals of Anna Maria Falconbridge in Narrative of Two Voyages to the River Sierra Leone during the Years 1791-1792-1793. Falconbridge, the wife of abolitionist Alexander Falconbridge, who worked to abolish the slave trade in Africa, wrote about the two years she spent in Sierra Leone in a book that was the first such narrative written by a woman to be published in England.
(This is a unique group of previously unpublished letters ...)1991
(James Africanus Beale Horton was a remarkable figure on t...)1972
Christopher Fyfe didn't have his own family.