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Olusoga, David
Black and British : a forgotten history / David Olusoga.
Paperback edition.
London : Pan Books, 2017.
Physical Description:
xxii, 602 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 20 cm
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First published: Macmillan, 2016.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 531-582) and index.
In Black and British, David Olusoga offers readers a rich and revealing exploration of the extraordinarily long relationship between the British Isles and the people of Africa. Drawing on new genetic and genealogical research, original records, expert testimony and contemporary interviews, Black and British reaches back to Roman Britain, the medieval imagination and Shakespeare's Othello. It reveals that behind the South Sea Bubble was Britain's global slave-trading empire and that much of the great industrial boom of the nineteenth century was built on American slavery. It shows that black Britons fought at Trafalgar and in the trenches of the First World War. Black British history 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, Olusoga describes how black and white Britons have been intimately entwined for centuries.
Subject Terms:
Africans -- Great Britain -- History.
Black people -- Great Britain -- History.
Black people -- Great Britain -- Social conditions.
Black people -- Race identity -- Great Britain -- History.
Black people.
Blacks -- Race identity.
Blacks -- Social conditions.
Great Britain -- Race relations -- History.
Great Britain.
Race relations.

  • Introduction: 'Years of Distant Wandering'
  • Chapter One: 'Sons of Ham'
  • Chapter Two: 'Blackamoors'
  • Chapter Three: 'For Blacks or Dogs'
  • Chapter Four: 'Too Pure an Air for Slaves'
  • Chapter Five: 'Province of Freedom'
  • Chapter Six: 'The Monster is Dead'
  • Chapter Seven: Moral Mission
  • Chapter Eight: 'Liberated Africans'
  • Chapter Nine: 'Cotton is King'
  • Chapter Ten: 'Mercy in a Massacre'
  • Chapter Eleven: 'Darkest Africa'
  • Chapter Twelve: 'We are a Coloured Empire'
  • Chapter Thirteen: 'We Prefer their Company'
  • Chapter Fourteen: 'Swamped'
  • Conclusion.