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Black 1919Riots, Racism and Resistance in Imperial Britain$
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Jacqueline Jenkinson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312007

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315138

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Chief events of the riots

Chief events of the riots

(p.72) Chapter 2 Chief events of the riots
Black 1919
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This chapter concentrates on the events of the seaport riots, and the common and contrasting themes in the rioting that occurred across Britain. The rioting in Liverpool was fiercer and more sustained than that at any of the other seaports during 1919. The murder of Charles Wootton drew attention to the wider fortunes of the black population in Liverpool in 1919. There was enmity between black British and white foreign sailors in Cardiff. The violent row between white American service personnel and black British colonial sailors was not an isolated incident in south Wales. Soldiers and former troops had a prominent role in the rioting in south Wales. The ‘sex’ issue was passed as both a convenient and a ‘racy’ explanation for the rioting. Military service and ex-service personnel were involved as both victims and assailants in the riots around Britain's seaports.

Keywords:   seaport riots, rioting, Liverpool, Britain, Charles Wootton, foreign sailors, Cardiff, south Wales, military service, ex-service personnel

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