Britain’s ‘brown babies’

The stories of children born to black GIs and white women in the Second World War

By Lucy Bland

Britain’s ‘brown babies’


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-3327-4
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £20.00 (incl. VAT)
  • Published Date: May 2019
  • BIC Category: History, HISTORY / Military / World War II, HISTORY / Social History, Humanities / Second World War, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000, United Kingdom, Great Britain, Humanities / Social & cultural history



'Lucy Bland's stories of Britain's Brown Babies evoke a potent mix of rage, tears, joy and thankfulness: rage at everyday racisms, both institutional and individual, tears for the cruelties suffered, joy at the love and care that some found and thankfulness that we can hear these voices.'
Catherine Hall, Emerita Professor of History, UCL

'Using oral histories as well as revealing analyses of governmental policies and the politics of racially warped institutions, Lucy Bland's wonderful book lays out in no uncertain terms how the stigma of illegitimacy coupled with racism shaped the experiences of children born to white British women and African American G.I.s during and in the aftermath of World War II.'
Sonya O. Rose, Professor Emerita of History, Sociology and Women's Studies, University of Michigan

'In this thoughtful and poignant work, Lucy Bland not only meticulously details the history of Britain's 'brown babies' but, by placing their voices at the very centre of her scholarship, offers invaluable fresh perspectives. Bland's compassionate and insightful foregrounding of these moving memories of racial mixing and mixedness can't be applauded strongly enough. An outstanding achievement.'
Dr Chamion Caballero, Goldsmiths, University of London

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