Black England

Black England: A Forgotten Georgian History

Non-Fiction, History & Politics
Hardback Published on: 29/09/2022
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With a brand-new foreword from Zadie Smith. 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.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781399804882
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 547g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 164 x 30 mm

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Black England
Interesting, thorough and very readable
This was a fascinating book covering the history of black people in Britain, specifically during the Georgian period, a time which saw the supposed end of ... READ MORE
Black England
Highly recommended
I read a number of history books about England but it's the first time I read a history book about the Black community, who they were, and what were their ... READ MORE