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'Meatily researched and illuminating... [brings] to swaggering life a group of Britons who have spent too long in the shadows' - SUSIE GOLDSBROUGH, The Times


'Black Victorians shows us, in vivid detail, how Black people didn't just take part in the Victorian era, they shaped it' - DAVID LAMMY MP, author of Tribes


'Fascinating, thorough, well-researched and extremely readable, Black Victorians provides invaluable insight into a history of Victorian Britain that is not often told' - HAFSA ZAYYAN, author of We Are All Birds of Uganda


A dazzling landmark history exploring and celebrating the lives of Black Victorians


Beyond the narrow, white, patrician vision of Victorian Britain traditionally advanced in our textbooks, there always existed another, more diverse Britain, populated by people of colour marking achievements both ordinary and extraordinary.


In this deeply researched and dynamic history, Woolf and Abraham reach into the archives to recentre our attention on marginalised Black Victorians, from leading medic George Rice to political agitator William Cuffay to abolitionists Henry ‘Box’ Brown and Sarah Parker Remond; from pre-Raphaelite muse Fanny Eaton to renowned composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. While acknowledging the paradoxes of Victorian views of race, Black Victorians demonstrates, with storytelling verve and a liberatory impulse, how Black people were visible, present and influential – not temporary presences but established and firmly rooted in British life.



Black Victorians - with SIGNED bookplate!

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