281pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Updated Edition, London, (1995) 2022
Foreword by Zadie Smith.
“In the 1990s, an assistant in a London bookshop informed the African American historian Gretchen Gerzina that there ‘were no black people in England before 1945.’ Gerzina effectively disproved that assertion by going on to write the classic book on black people in Georgian London, Black England.” David Olusoga, Guardian
“Gerzina brings the world of the Black Georgians to intriguing life, introducing us to the era’s most fascinating individuals while placing them in the wider story of the struggle against enslavement. It is a treat to have a pioneer of the field bring together all the latest scholarship to tell this important part of British history for a wide audience.” Miranda Kaufmann, author of Black Tudors
Gretchen Gerzina is the Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography and Professor English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her books include Carrington, Frances Hodgson Burnet and Mr and Mrs Prince.