Under Fire: Black Britain in Wartime 1939-45 (Paperback)Stephen Bourne (author)
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In Under Fire, Stephen Bourne draws on first-hand testimonies to tell the whole story of Britain's black community during the Second World War, shedding light on a wealth of experiences from evacuees to entertainers, government officials, prisoners of war and community leaders. Among those remembered are men and women whose stories have only recently come to light, making Under Fire the definitive account of the bravery and sacrifices of black Britons in wartime.
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
Interweaving profiles of specific characters with chapters exploring wider context, this is an absorbing introduction to the experiences of black men and women in the Second World War * BBC History Magazine *
Stephen Bourne is a tireless chronicler of the Black British history of the last century or so. I love Stephen's books because he gives voice to real people - black soldiers, sailors, musicians, campaigners, doctors, nurses, broadcasters and so many more - that are often excluded from the broader explorations of Britain during war time -- Patrice Lawrence
Restoration is a powerful act; Britain's national narrative of the war, Bourne shows, cannot exclude Black Britons ... As is characteristic of Bourne's work, the book is driven by engaging personal narratives and enlivened by his fine eye for detail -- Michael Joseph * Times Literary Supplement *
Bourne writes an uncompromising account of the racism that people of colour faced in the Britain of the late 1930s, and into the 40s, but also recognises the support they received in many quarters from the wider British society who often disliked the incidents of discrimination that occurred ... Under Fire is one of those wonderful history books that covers the grand themes and makes the key points about the barriers to equality, and the efforts to challenge racism through the stories of individual men and women ... This important book provides the stories of some of these people and is a reminder that Britain's past is one of diversity just as its present is -- Paula Kitching * The Historian *
Belies the notion that we don't have enough black British heroes to celebrate or enough resources to teach black British history in our schools ... Books such as Under Fire open the door to respecting and honouring the diversity in Britain's war effort and, for that alone, Bourne should be congratulated -- Dora Dixon-Fyle * Camberwell Quarterly *
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