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Staying Power

Staying Power

The History of Black People in Britain

Peter Fryer

Series: Get Political



The definitive history of black people in Britain, an epic story that spans the Roman conquest to the present day. New introduction by Paul Gilroy.

Staying Power is recognised as the definitive history of black people in Britain, an epic story that begins with the Roman conquest and continues to this day.

In a comprehensive account, Peter Fryer reveals how Africans, Asians and their descendants, previously hidden from history, have profoundly influenced and shaped events in Britain over the course of the last two thousand years.

This edition includes a foreword by Paul Gilroy explaining the genesis of the book and its continuing significance in black history today.

Peter Fryer (1927-2006) was a jazz-playing Marxist author and activist. He was expelled from the Communist Party in 1956 for rejecting Stalinism, and later fought the imperial mendacity of whitewashed British history, authoring the now-classic Staying Power: The History of Black People in Britain (Pluto, 2018).

'For this retrieval of the lost histories of black Britain Mr Fryer has my deep gratitude. An invaluable book, which manages the rare feat of combining scholarship with readability' - Salman Rushdie

'A fascinating account of the growth of the black community in Britain over the past centuries' - Guardian

'Rare in its mastery of the constant historical contradiction: range and at the same time event. Two thousand years is a long time; Fryer never loses his grip in time or place' - CLR James

Introduction by Paul Gilroy
1. 'Those kind of people'
2. Necessary Implements
3. Britain's Slave Ports
4. The Black Community Takes Shape
5. Eighteenth Century Voices
6. Slavery & the Law
7. The Rise of English Racism
8. Up from Slavery
9. Challenges to Empire
10. Under Attack
11. The Settlers
12. The New Generation
Published by Pluto Press in Sep 2010
Paperback ISBN: 9780745330723
eBook ISBN: 9781783714636

648 pages

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