‘âŚ we have attempted to give the visitor from the West Indies a fair and frank picture, neither too fair nor too dark, of the circumstances he will find on his arrival in this country.’
So begins âA West Indian in Englandâ by H. D. Carberry and Dudley Thompson. These Jamaican immigrants, both law students at Oxford, were commissioned by the Central Office of Information in 1949 to write a pamphlet about whatÂ those considering emigrationÂ should expect in ‘unknown and darkest England.’
The pamphlet appears in our records in draft form as part of a Colonial Office file entitled âPublications: Proposed Race Relations Pamphletâ (CO 875/59/1). It followed a previously highly successful similar work, âEngland as I saw herâ written by S. O. Awokoya, a Nigerian immigrant.
The pamphlet is a fascinating read to get an insight in to how Britain was supposedlyÂ viewed by members of the colonies at this time â often with amusing outcomes: Continue reading »