Black London by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina
Life Before Emancipation

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Gerzina (Vassar Coll.) has written a fascinating account of London blacks, focusing on the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Because of a paucity of sources from blacks themselves, Gerzina had to rely primarily on glimpses through white eyes, especially those of antislavery advocate Granville Sharp. Gerzina is quite adept at culling evidence of a rich, complex black life, with significant interaction (and intermarriage) with the white community. Although subjected to much discrimination, London blacks never suffered as much as their American counterparts. The author rightly concludes that blacks have played an important role in the life of London for much of its history. A very valuable work; highly recommended for major libraries.

About Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

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Gretchen Gerzina teaches at Vassar College, New York.
Published September 1, 1995 by Rutgers University Press. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel. Non-fiction