Special relationships: mixed race couples in post-war Britain and the United States

Webb, Clive (2016) Special relationships: mixed race couples in post-war Britain and the United States. Women's History Review. ISSN 0961-2025

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Abstract

This article uses a transatlantic lens to reassess interracial relationships in 1950s Britain. Although mixed race couples in this country suffered serious discrimination, Britain appeared relatively progressive to African Americans on the other side of the Atlantic engaged in a struggle for recognition of their constitutional rights. In contrast to the United States, there were no laws in Britain that prohibited interracial marriage. The British also appeared more open to public discussion of relationships that crossed the colour line including the production of several films that focused attention on this controversial subject. This apparently more inclusive attitude towards gender and race relations provided an inspirational model to African Americans in their fight for equality.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Depositing User: Clive Webb
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2016 10:56
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 06:47
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58046

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