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Below is a list of books and websites that you might find useful for your own research.

Further Reading



If you would like to suggest any other resources which should be included on this page then please let us know.

Further Reading

Hakim Adi, West Africans in Britain 1900-1960 (1998)

Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe, The Heart of the Race. Black Women’s Lives in Britain(1985)
Stephen Bourne, Black in the British Frame. Black People in British Film and Television 1896-1996 (1998) 

Ben Bousquet and Colin Douglas, West Indian Women at War (1991)

Derek Bishton and John Reardon, Home Front (1984)

Black and Asian Studies Association Newsletter (published three times a year)

V. Caretta, Unchained Voices (1996)

Yousef Choudhury and Peter Drake, From Bangladesh to Birmingham (2001)

David Dabydeen, Hogarth’s Black: Images of Blacks in Eighteenth Century English Art (1985)

R. Desai, Indian Immigrants in Britain (1963)

Peter L. Edmead, The Divisive Decade. A History of Caribbean Immigration to Birmingham in the 1950s (1999)

Paul Edwards and David Dabydeen, Black Writers in Britain 1760-1890 (1991)

Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, (1789)

P. Fryer, Staying Power The History of Black People in Britain (1984)

Judith Garfield, Black Angels of Empire (London, 2002)

Jeffrey Green, ‘Edwardian Britain’s Forest Pygmies’, History Today, August (1995)

Gerzina Gretchen, Black England: Life before Emancipation (1995)

Gerzina Gretchen (ed.) Black Victorians / Black Victoriana (2003)

Ian Grosvenor, Rita McLean and Siân Roberts (eds.) Making Connections. Birmingham Black International History (2002)

Stuart Hall, ‘Reconstruction Work: Images of Post-War Black Settlement’ in Ten 8, No 16 (1984)

Pete James, Coming to Light: Birmingham’s Photographic Collections (1998)

Pip Jones and Rita Youseph, The Black Population of Bristol in the 18th Century (2001)

David Killingray, ‘Black People in Kent since 1600’, Black and Asian Studies Newsletter 22, September (1998)

John Layton, Black People in Warwickshire’s Past (1994)

Nabil Matar, Turks, Moors and Englishmen in the Age of Discovery (1999)

Norma Myers, Reconstructing the Black Past. Blacks in Britain 1780-1830 (1996)

Jon Newman, Windrush Forbears: Black People in Lambeth 1700-1900 (2003)

Dhani Prem, The Parliamentary Leper. A History of Colour Prejudice in Britain (1965)

Ron Ramdin, Reimaging Britain. 500 Years of Black and Asian History (1999)

F. O. Shyllon, Black Slaves in Britain (1974) 

F. O. Shyllon, Black People in Britain (1977)

Stanford, Revd P.T., From Bondage to Liberty: The Life Story of the Revd P. T. Stanford (1889)

Rosina Visram, Ayahs, Lascars and Princes (1986)

Hazel Waters, ‘Ira Aldridge and the battlefield of race’, Race and Class 45 (2002)

Bill Schwarz (ed.) West Indian Intellectuals in Britain (2003)


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What is listed here is a selection of sites which can take the reader into black British history on the web. Readers should note that some web sites do not last very long. - archive material on the history of different communities in the city, sources for the study of slavery etc. from Birmingham City Archives’ collections - material from Birmingham City Archives and Local Studies relating to Handsworth including some online learning activities, photographs, documents etc. - material from archives across the West Midlands relating to the Industrial Revolution and individuals who played a key part in the industrial history of the region. - Birmingham Grid for Learning - archive sources relating to 200 years of migration to Britain including material from archives across the West Midlands. - on-line lessons, activities, exhibitions, advice etc. from The National Archives

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