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Black and British: A Forgotten History Summary Û 104 ë ❮Ebook❯ ➩ Black and British: A Forgotten History Author David Olusoga – Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research original records expert testimony and contemporary interviews Black and British reaches back to Roman BritaiDrawing on and British Epub #225 new genetic and genealogical research original records expert testimony and contemporary interviews Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain the medieval Black MOBI #221 imagination and Shakespeares Othello It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britains global slav. Even if you never read this book it’s existence does an important job for you it tells you that there is a significant history of black people in Britain Long before the arrival of West Indian immigrants in the 1950s there was a appreciable black presence in Roman Britain in Elizabethan Britain in Georgian Britain in Victorian Britain fighting for Britain in the first and second world wars There has been and will continue to be a concerted attempt to write black people out of British history and this book does a necessary job in giving them back their place in our historyI come from Liverpool former slaving port former cotton port former blockade running port for the confederate South in the American Civil War My ancestors were Irish probably escaping the great famine in the 1840s The African derived community in Liverpool began with slavery in the 1750s So in terms of Britishness the black people of Liverpool are British than I can hope to beThat these sorts of ualification are needed says all we need to know about racism in Liverpool and elsewhereTurning to the book itself it is a masterly and scholarly piece of work Well researched well told informative engaging and in many ways life changing Seeing how attitudes to black people ebbed and flowed over the years confirms that our current racism is not something we are doomed to live with but something that can and will hopefully changeDavid Olusoga is a black Briton and the opening of the book takes us back to his childhood in the North East and the racist attacks that his family had to endure in the 1970s at the hands of the National Front That anyone should have to endure this kind of treatment is an indictment to the politicians of that era and the people who believed and followed themHe then takes us to the slaving fortress of Bunce Island in Sierra Leone to show even worse horrors before beginning the history proper with the Roman legions and progressing through the centuries from when black servants and courtiers were a symbol of wealth and Africa was a fabled land of strange races and curious customs The slave trade and the movement for it’s abolition seems to have been a high point in the regard for black people by the British but once it was abolished the familiar patterns of racism reappeared this time bolstered by the pseudo scientific concepts of racial Darwinism not supported by Darwin by the way and not really by any actual scientistsThe book then progresses through the first world war when debates raged over whether black troops should be deployed in Europe to the first recorded racial murder in Liverpool 1919 when Charles Wooton who had served in the Royal Navy during the war was drowned in ueens Dock by a mob of white Liverpudlians possibly even including my ancestorsDuring the second world war there was some encouraging signs of progress when the appalling treatment of black GIs by their white American counterparts evoked greater sympathy on the part of the British though this was soon forgotten after the war and in the subseuent decades Very few white people emerge with any credit from this long sad tale but enough do to encourage those us to do better in future and to take a stand for universal humanityMy final word this is not a sad book not a tale of woe and much than just a catalogue of the lives of the black British It is also a celebration of how much black Britons have contributed to British life and to the country An essential read

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E trading empire and that much of the great industrial Black and British MOBI #244 boom of the th century was built on American slavery It shows that Black Britons fought at Trafalgar and Black and British A Forgotten MOBI #221 in the trenches of World War Black and British A Forgotten MOBI #221 I Black British hi. Black and British is an excellent account of Black history in Britain from the British Nigerian historian DavidOlusoga written to accompany his television series of the same nameEven today many people still think that the arrival of black people in the UK came about with the docking ofthe SS Empire Windrush in 1948 but black people have been here for centuries If you were able to time travel back in time to Roman Britain you would have seen black roman soldiers guarding Hadrian's Walland the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus also a black African administered his Roman Empire from Yorkshowing a black influence in Britain from the earliest times Slavery rears its ugly head with a history ofBritain's part in this evil trade There were black chattel slaves and also free black people in Tudor EnglandThis is an excellent book which throws light onto a subject that needs to be on the National CurriculumPublished in 2016 by Macmillan624 pages

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Black and British A Forgotten HistoryStory can be read in stately homes street names statues and memorials across Britain and is woven into the cultural and economic histories of the nation Unflinching confronting taboos and revealing hitherto unknown scandals this book describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries. This book is extremely informative and you can tell that the author has done some extensive research It is also extremely eye opening as you never really learn much in school about black history beyond the slave trade and well know black advocatesThe only reason why this is a 3 star is because although it makes sense for the book to be lengthy it unfortunately hasn’t captivated me enough to finish it The reason why is because again it is very lengthy and the tone of the book is a very dull textbook typeIf you are into very informative books this is for you If you are like me and prefer informative books that are ‘light reads’ or with a book where you can grasp the authors tone then you may struggle like me to finish it