Books: Shame of Empire

JAMAICAN BLOOD & VICTORIAN CONSCIENCE by Bernard Semmel. 188 pages. Houghton M/ffl/n. $4.50.

The British, having conscientiously freed most of their colonial subjects, now feel entitled to view with horror the spectacle of Birmingham police turning loose police dogs and fire hoses on protesting Negroes. But in the flush days of Queen Victoria's empire, the British conscience was not always so sensitive. In this lively book, Historian Bernard Semmel recounts the brutal re action of the British authorities when a handful of Jamaicans revolted in 1865.

At the behest of the governor of Jamaica, a bloodthirsty Blimp named Edward Eyre, British troops slaughtered...

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