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Black Victorians/Black Victoriana

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Black Victorians/Black Victoriana is a welcome attempt to correct the historical record. Although scholarship has given us a clear view of nineteenth-century imperialism, colonialism, and later immigration from the colonies, there has for far too long been a gap in our understanding of the lives of blacks in Victorian England. Without that understanding, it remains impossi ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published February 12th 2003 by Rutgers University Press (first published February 6th 2003)
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Aubrey
4.9/5
It was, after all, a Victorian English trait to enjoy very un-English Victorian traits, but only at a strategic distance.
Over time, my relationship with nonfiction has become increasingly touch and go. It's not a matter of my not knowing what I will be interested in, but that an inordinate pride in my learning curve has had me taking on texts of unknown yet, more often than not, heightened difficulty since I officially broke with my career in engineering. Sometimes I'll have read or have
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Cheri
Jan 02, 2011 Cheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Though the book is very academic, its information is worth the tough read. I really love that Gretchen Gerzina does not allow herself to fall into common wisdom or traditional narritives, and that she really looks for the truth in each situation. I would have liked more psychological insight into the people discussed, but otherwise, a wonderful book.
Lane Brown
Jul 09, 2017 Lane Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genre
History, Black History, European History, Essays

Summary
Black history, as it’s taught in America, consists of a brief overview of slavery, the Civil War, the Civil Rights movement, and the life of George Washington Carver. In other Western countries, the situation is apparently not much better; historians have been trained to think of white history as history and anything else as an obscure specialization. There are, thankfully, efforts to change that, and this book focuses on a particularly
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Ricky
Nov 05, 2016 Ricky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book about a topic that is unsurprisingly uncommon in scientific literature. When we think of black people before the 1960s we imagine segregated poor women and men in an all white world,but that's not always true. There are people that manage to be successful despite an obviously racist society. There are people who managed to become respectable bussinessman or to be adopted by the Queen despite the color of their skin,because Victorian England was not like what we imagine it to be. Readin ...more
Beth
Sep 07, 2010 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not as cohesive as I would have liked - it was a series of essays, and I found it a little overly academic.
Neale Sourna
Mar 01, 2016 Neale Sourna rated it really liked it
If you think you know African American / African British / Caribbean history, y a Bou haven't a clue. Like how a Beatle song you know well connects with Black Victoriana.
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