This book overturns many of the conventional assumptions that have been made about their lives. They were not enslaved, stigmatised outsiders but woven into English society as government officials, defenders of the country, tradesmen, entertainers and founders of families who have left a legacy of their presence in the form of descendants that in some cases can be traced to the present day.
The approach is factual rather than theoretical, using the techniques of the genealogist to reconstruct individual lives. It is written in a lucid, accessible style that will make it essential reading not just for academics but for those who are interested in this aspect of English history and may want to learn how to find out more about the black people in their own localities.
|Publisher:||Manchester University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Kathleen Chater is an independent scholar and writer.
Table of Contents
• Section 1. Counting Heads:The Black population of England and Wales * The Black population of London
• Section 2. Black People and the Law: Free or enslaved?
• Black people and the criminal justice system
• Black people, settlement and the Poor Laws: Section III. Living and working in the wider community: Assimilation or integration?
• Names and Identity
• Marriage and Family * Working Lives