Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Staying Power is recognized as the definitive history of black people in Britain, an epic story that begins with the Roman conquest and continues to this day. In a comprehensive account, Peter Fryer reveals how Africans, Asians, and their descendants, previously hidden from history, have profoundly influenced and shaped events in Britain over the course of the last two thousand years. This new edition includes a foreword by Paul Gilroy explaining the genesis of the book and its continuing significance in black history today.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for the first edition:
"For this retrieval of the lost histories of black Britain, Mr. Fryer has my deep gratitude.  An invaluable book, which manages the rare feat of combining scholarship with readability" —Salman Rushdie


"A fascinating account of the growth of the black community in Britain over the past centuries." —The Guardian

"This book is rare in its mastery of the constant historical contradiction: range and at the same time event.  Two thousand years is a long time; Fryer never loses his grip in time or place" —CLR James

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745330723
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/2010
  • Series: Get Political Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition, New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 648
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Salaita is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin -Whitewater. He writes frequently about Arab America and the Arab World.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Paul Gilroy
• 1 "Those kind of people"
• 2 Necessary Implements
• 3 Britains Slave Ports
• 4 The Black Community Takes Shape
• 5 Eighteenth Century Voices
• 6 Slavery & the Law
• 7 The Rise of English Racism
• 8 Up from Slavery
• 9 Challenges to Empire
• 10 Under Attack
• 11 The Settlers
• 12 The New Generation

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