Hannah Elizabeth Martin (Northumbria) uncovers Black colonial seafarers’ experiences of racism in the North East

Hostile, and often violent, relationships have been associated with the history of working class Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic British Colonial subjects throughout the early twentieth century. The central aspect of my thesis aims to uncover the formation, maintenance and articulation of everyday experiences of BAME British Colonial Seafarers in the North-East of England 1919-1938, detracting from ‘exceptional episodes’ of racialised violence thus creating a … Continue reading Hannah Elizabeth Martin (Northumbria) uncovers Black colonial seafarers’ experiences of racism in the North East

Marc Collinson (Bangor) on the Labour Party, post-war immigration and the politics of race

From the late 1950s, mass immigration had a major impact on British, predominantly urban, society. This caused problems for the Labour Party, not least because it claimed to represent a white working-class that often felt threatened and angered by immigration. Areas like the West Midlands, Merseyside and declining northern mill towns like Blackburn, Batley and Oldham saw racist agitation from an early date. These regions … Continue reading Marc Collinson (Bangor) on the Labour Party, post-war immigration and the politics of race

Amy Cross (Central Lancashire) on Labour’s immigration policy in the 1960s

The political response towards Commonwealth immigration to Britain has been the subject of considerable historical debate. Initially, when the first Commonwealth Immigrants Act was introduced in 1962 the Labour Party opposed it believing restrictions to be both unnecessary and racially motivated. However, within a short period of time they had conceded the need for controls and went on to increase restrictions twice during their time … Continue reading Amy Cross (Central Lancashire) on Labour’s immigration policy in the 1960s

Carin Peller Semmens (Sussex) on the legacies of slavery in North Louisiana’s Red River region

My doctoral work examines the ideological, political, economic and behavioural legacies of slavery in North Louisiana’s Red River region from the early entrenchment of slavery in the 1820s through the violent and charged 1870s and 1880s. It investigates the foundation and significance of white dominated power structures in the shaping of black and white relations. The rigid power dynamic established by slavery proved particularly resilient … Continue reading Carin Peller Semmens (Sussex) on the legacies of slavery in North Louisiana’s Red River region

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