Britain's Black Past

Britain's Black Past

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Britain's Black Past edited by Gretchen H. Gerzina

Expanding upon the 2016 BBC Radio 4 series Britain's Black Past, this book presents those stories and analyses through the lens of a recovered past. Even those who may be familiar with some of the materials will find much that they had not previously known, and will be introduced to people, places and stories brought to light by new research. In a time of international racial unrest and migration it is important not to lose sight of similar situations that took place in an earlier time. In chapters written by scholars, artists and independent researchers, readers will learn of an early musician, the sales of slaves in Scotland, the grave - now a shrine - of a black enslaved boy left to die in Morecambe Bay, a country estate owned by a mixed-race slave owner, and the two strikingly different people who lived in a Bristol house that is now a museum. Black sailors, political activists and memoirists appear in these pages, but the book also re-examines living history, in the form of modern plays, television programmes and genealogical sleuthing. Through them, Britain's Black Past is not only presented anew but shown to be very much alive in our own time.


Format: Paperback, 382 pages

Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.3 x 2.1cm

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 978-1-78962-161-7


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