The Oxford Companion to Black British History

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OUP Oxford, Apr 22, 2010 - History - 592 pages
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The Oxford Companion to Black British History is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the long and fascinating history of black people in the British Isles, from African auxiliaries stationed on Hadrian's Wall in the 2nd century AD, through John Edmonstone, who taught taxidermy to Charles Darwin, Mary Seacole, the 'Black Florence Nightingale', and Walter Tull, footballer and First World War officer, to the 'Windrush Generation' and our own day. It also includes extended entries for key concepts, such as Emancipation and Reparations. This is a timely book: the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority highlighted in their annual report of December 2005 the need to give more attention to the wider teaching of black history. OCBBH brings together a unique collection of articles which provides an overview of the black presence in Britain, and the rich and diverse contribution made to British society.

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Editors Dabydeen (Black Writers in Britain ), John Gilmore (Faces of the Caribbean ), and Cecily Jones (Engendering Whiteness ) have collected the research of 112 field specialists in this book ... Read full review

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Professor David Dabydeen, critic, writer, and novelist, born in Guyana, was educated at Cambridge, London and Oxford Universities. He is a Professor in the Centre for Caribbean Studies at the University of Warwick. His publications include The Black Presence in English Literature (1985); Hogarth's Blacks (1987); Black Writers in Britain 1760-1890 (1991); Slavery, Abolition and Emancipation: Black Writers in the British Romantic Period (1999). His collection Slave Song won the 1984 Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and his 1999 novel A Harlot's Progress was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (for fiction). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Guyana's Ambassador to UNESCO, and was awarded the 2004 Raja Rao Award for Literature (India). His one-hour documentary 'Painting the People' was broadcast by BBC television in 2004, and his most recent novel, Our Lady of Demerara, was published in the same year. Dr John Gilmore is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Caribbean Studies and the Centre for Translation and Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick. Recent publications include Faces of the Caribbean (2000) The Poetics of Empire: A Study of James Grainger's The Sugar-Cane (2000) and 'The British Empire and the Neo-Latin Tradition: The Case of Francis Williams', in Barbara Goff, ed., Classics and Colonialism (2005). His scholarly edition of J. W. Orderson's Creoleana appeared in 2002, and a collection of translations from eighteenth-century poetry in Latin by British writers, Musae Anglicanae Anglice Redditae, in 2007. He is one of the authors of A-Z of Barbados Heritage (2003) and editor and lead author of two history textbooks for Caribbean schools. In March 2007 He co-presented four programmes on 'Britain's Hidden Slave Trade', for the BBC Radio 3 series The Essay. Dr Cecily Jones is a member of the Sociology Department of the University of Warwick, and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for CaribbeanStudies there. Her teaching and research interests address the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity and class in the slave plantation societies of the Caribbean and the Antebellum Southern states of North America; black feminist thought, and equality in higher education. Her publications include 'A Darker Shade of White: Gender and Social Class in the Reproduction of White Identity in Barbadian Plantation Society' in Heloise Brown, Madi Gilkes, and Ann Kaloski (eds) White Woman (1999), and'Black Women in Ivory Towers: Racism and Sexism in the Academy' in Pauline Anderson and Jenny Williams (eds) Identity and Difference in Higher Education (2001).

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