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Windrush : the irresistible rise of multi-racial Britain
Phillips, Mike, 1941-
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London : HarperCollins, 1998.
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422 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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"Published in association with the major BBC TV series"--Dust jkt.
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DA125.W4 P46 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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50 years ago 500 West indians made a 30 day journey across the Atlantic in an ageing merchant ship, the Empire Windrush. They were to become the symbolic founders of Britain's black communities. For the first time there were would be communities that would not, could not, blend into the background. British society faced an entirely new challenge.

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The Empire Windrush was an aging merchant ship that brought some 500 Afro-Caribbean immigrants to England in 1948. They were not the first black residents of Great Britain, but their arrival can reasonably be viewed, as the authors suggest, as "a gateway in history, on the other side of which was the end of Empire and a wholesale reassessment of what it meant to be British." The brothers Phillips--Mike is a journalist and academic whose mysteries include, most recently, An Image to Die For (1997); Trevor is a broadcast journalist--are children of that cross-Atlantic journey, and their book, published in connection with a BBC-TV series, traces the experiences of Britain's black immigrants over the past half century. Interviews with that first generation and its descendants constitute the core of Windrush; the authors supply historical context about the political, economic, and social events within which Britain's new immigrants struggled to find a place. Involving social history of the challenges of another multiracial society. --Mary Carroll