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Before the WindrushRace Relations in 20th-Century Liverpool$
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John Belchem

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319679

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319679.001.0001

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Race relations in the 1950s

Race relations in the 1950s

(p.161) Chapter Five Race relations in the 1950s
Before the Windrush

John Belchem

Liverpool University Press

After the troubled post-war years, Liverpool emerged as a model of race relations in the 1950s. The remarkable flourishing of ethnic associational culture, from the tribal to the pan-national, revealed the complexity and heterogeneity of the ‘coloured community’, but the highly segmented structure precluded a united front against discrimination. Still lauded as a flagship project, Stanley House was often beset with conflict over its paternalistic management style and inability to satisfy the competing needs of new arrivals, ethnic groups and Liverpool-born blacks. In line with voluntary sector practice, the newly-established Colonial Welfare Committee sought to redress the disadvantage endured by the black community, but stopped short of any provision which might encourage an increase in numbers. Even so, Liverpool was regarded as something of a success story in community relations when it escaped the race riots of 1958 and was thereafter approached for advice by cities experiencing the post-Windrush influx.

Keywords:   ethnic associational culture, tribal unions, voluntary sector, paternalism, discrimination, Liverpool-born blacks, race riots

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