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Black 1919: Riots, Racism and Resistance in Imperial Britain

Jacqueline Jenkinson


The riots that broke out in various British port cities in 1919 were a dramatic manifestation of a wave of global unrest that affected Britain, parts of its empire, continental Europe and North America during and in the wake of the First World War. During the riots, crowds of white working-class people targeted black workers, their families, and black-owned businesses and property. One of the chief sources of violent confrontation in the run-down port areas was the ‘colour’ bar implemented by the sailors' trades unions campaigning to keep black, Arab and Asian sailors off British ships in a ti ... More

Keywords: First World War, black-owned businesses, black-owned property, colour bar, sailors' unions, job competition, economic causes, social causes, colonial impact, port riots

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9781846312007
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846315138


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacqueline Jenkinson, author