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Black SaltSeafarers of African Descent on British Ships$
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Ray Costello

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318184

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317675

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Global Conflict

Global Conflict

(p.134) Chapter Eight Global Conflict
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This chapter analyses global conflict of black seafarers. There had been an increasing number of negative comments towards these seafarers. Life had generally not been easy for black seamen in Britain even before First World War. As employment for seamen became more difficult, it got worse. Seamen from British colonies also had a role in the global conflict. Pseudo-scientific racism offered a significant ingredient for British imperial theory. Government legislation contributed to the troubles received by black sailors and their families. However, the bravery of black seafarers beside their fellow British mariners was formally acknowledged during the year following the conclusion of the First World War. Although they acquired official recognition in the poorer sections of British society, black sailortowns in the major ports were to come increasingly under pressure in the years following the war.

Keywords:   black seafarers, global conflict, Britain, black seamen, pseudo-scientific racism, British imperial theory, First World War

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