Britain's 'Brown Babies'

Britain's 'Brown Babies' The Stories of Children Born to Black GIs and White Women in the Second World War

Hardback (20 May 2019)

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Synopsis

This book recounts a little-known history of the estimated 2,000 babies born to black GIs and white British women in the second world war. The African-American press named these children 'brown babies'; the British called them 'half-castes'. Black GIs, in this segregated army, were forbidden to marry their white girl-friends. Nearly half of the children were given up to children's homes but few were adopted, thought 'too hard to place'. There has been minimal study of these children and the difficulties they faced, such as racism in a (then) very white Britain, lack of family or a clear identity. The book will present the stories of over fifty of these children, their stories contextualised in terms of government policy and attitudes of the time. Accessibly written, with stories both heart-breaking and uplifting, the book is illustrated throughout with photographs.

Book information

ISBN: 9781526133267
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 305.80094109045
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xi, 271
Weight: 498g
Height: 214mm
Width: 145mm
Spine width: 30mm