Black England

Black England A Forgotten Georgian History

Revised and updated edition

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Publisher's Synopsis

'This book brings history alive' BERNADINE EVARISTO

WITH A BRAND NEW FOREWORD FROM ZADIE SMITH

'Black England is a book that will be relevant for ever' BENJAMIN ZEPHANIAH

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The idea that Britain became a mixed-race country after 1945 is a common mistake. Georgian England had a large and distinctive Black community. Whether prosperous citizens or newly freed slaves, they all ran the risk of kidnap and sale to plantations. Black England tells their dramatic, often moving stories.

In the eighteenth century, Black people could be found in clubs and pubs, there were special churches, Black-only balls and organisations for helping Black people who were out of work or in trouble. Many were famous and respected: most notably Francis Barber, Doctor Johnson's beloved manservant; Ignatius Sancho, a correspondent of Laurence Sterne; Francis Williams, a Cambridge scholar, and Olaudah Equiano whose Interesting Narrative went into multiple editions. But far more were ill-paid and ill-treated servants or beggars, despite having served Britain in war and on the seas. For alongside the free world there was slavery, from which many of these Black Britons had escaped.

The triumphs and tortures of Black England, the Ambivalent relations between the races, sometimes tragic, sometimes heart-warming, are brought to life in this wonderfully readable history. Black England explores a fascinating chapter of our shared past, a chapter that has been ignored too long.

Book information

ISBN: 9781399804882
Publisher: John Murray Press
Imprint: John Murray
Pub date:
Edition: Revised and updated edition
DEWEY: 942.00496009033
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xxii, 281 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 550g
Height: 163mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 35mm