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In 1914, there were at least 10,000 black Britons, many of African and West Indian heritage, fiercely loyal to their Mother Country. Black Poppies explores the military and civilian wartime experiences of these men and women.
In this updated edition of Black Poppies, Stephen Bourne illuminates the fascinating stories of Black servicemen during the First World War from the conflicts outbreak in 1914 through to the aftermath in 1919, when black communities up and down the UK were faced with anti-black 'race riots' despite their dedicated services to their country at home and abroad. Bourne brings to light these stories with the help of unprecedented access to the emotional wartime accounts of the Jamaican Manley siblings, adding a very personal touch to the trials and tragedies of life for Black Britons during this time.
The first book of its kind to focus on the Black British experience during World War I, this book is fascinating and eye-opening.