Duke articulates the perspectives manifested in popular culture and provides an in-depth analysis of diasporan roles and reactions. . . . in this profound, well-researched, and lucid scholarly work....Highly recommended. -- Choice

 Opens new perspectives on the building of a Caribbean federation in the twentieth century. . . . Connects the struggles for self-determination and self-government in the West Indies with black diaspora politics from the late nineteenth century to the onset of the independences of the Anglophone Caribbean in the 1960s. -- American Historical Review

 A distinctive contribution to the historiography of the black diaspora in New York, and the historiography of the West Indies Federation. -- Journal of Caribbean History

 Outlines the concatenation of twentieth-century developments that congealed into post-World War II concessions by Britain to grant some form of self-rule to its West Indian colonies under a version of a federal system. -- New West Indian Guide