Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider

The book offers an original perspective on the significance of both racism and anti-racism in the making of the English working class across two centuries. While racism became a powerful structuring force within this social class from as early as the mid-Victorian period, this book also traces the episodic emergence of currents of working class anti-racism. Through an insistence that race is central to the … Continue reading Racism, Class and the Racialized Outsider

Before the Windrush

Long before the arrival of the ‘Empire Windrush’ after the Second World War, Liverpool was widely known for its polyglot population, its boisterous ‘sailortown’ and cosmopolitan profile of transients, sojourners and settlers. Regarding Britain as the mother country, ‘coloured’ colonials arrived in Liverpool for what they thought to be internal migration into a common British world. What they encountered, however, was very different. Their legal … Continue reading Before the Windrush

Class, Culture and Community

Class, Culture and Communities is derived from a recent SSLH conference and includes articles by Anne Baldwin, Chris Ellis, Stephen Etheridge, Neil Pye, Alexander Jackson, Laura Price, Catriona Louise MacDonald, Brian Marren, Christopher Massey, Chris Hill and Maria Novella Vitucci. The collection includes articles on mining identities, brass bands in the Pennines, ethnicity, unemployment, women councillors, nationalisation, the Labour defence debate of the 1950s and 1960s, the Independent … Continue reading Class, Culture and Community

Liberty or Death: the Yorkshire Luddites

The story of the Luddites and their times continues to fascinate. That is particularly true for those of us who live in that part of Yorkshire where the events were most dramatic. However, what is often overlooked is the extent to which the Luddite events of 1812 and 1813 fit within the broader and more sustained pattern of British social and political radicalism in the … Continue reading Liberty or Death: the Yorkshire Luddites