Riots, Racism and Resistance in Imperial Britain
Distributed for Liverpool University Press
During the 1919 port riots—in Glasgow, London, Liverpool, and Cardiff, among other cities—crowds of working-class whites targeted black workers, their families, their businesses, and their property. These riots were a manifestation of global unrest that affected Britain, parts of its empire, continental Europe, and North American during and after the wake of the economic struggles engendered by World War I. This volume reconsiders the economic and social causes of the riots and their impact on Britain’s relationship with its empire and its colonial subjects, especially the effects of repatriation and the longer-term consequences for the black British workers and their families.
1. The wider context of the seaport riots
2. Chief events of the riots
3. Who were the rioters?
4. Police and court responses
5. Repatriation to the colonies: the government solution to the riots and some Caribbean consequences
6. Aftermath: global reverberations, self-help, alien status and further riots