War to Windrush: Black Women in Britain 1939 to 1948

War to Windrush: Black Women in Britain 1939 to 1948

by Stephen Bourne


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Commemorating the 70th anniversaries of the arrival of the Empire Windrush on June 22, 1948 and the birth of the National Health Service on July 5, 1948, War to Windrush shines a light on the lives of black women in Britain. Spanning the years from the start of World War II to the arrival of the Empire Windrush, this engaging and informative book celebrates the contribution of black women to British society in a decade of major upheaval and social change.

Through strong imagery and evocative prose, including many rare and previously unpublished photographs from Stephen Bourne's private collection, War to Windrush retraces the history of the black women who helped to build the great, multicultural Britain we know today.

A much needed book in today's political climate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781909762855
Publisher: Jacaranda Books
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.89(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Stephen Bourne has specialized in black British histories since 1991. He has written more than 15 books, including the acclaimed Black in the British Frame, Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music, and The Motherland Calls: Britain's Black Servicemen and Women 1939-1945. Bourne received the 2015 Southwark Arts Forum Award for Literature for Black Poppies: Britain's Black Community and the Great War. In 2017 he was awarded the Screen Nation Special Award and an honorary degree from Southbank University for more than 20 years in his field. He is a regular contributor to BBC documentaries and has written for many publications, including The Voice, The Independent, BBC History Magazine, and History Today.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

War to Windrush Diary xvii

My Mother's Story: Laureen Sylvestre Cleo Sylvestre 1

The Two of Us: Rosa Domingo Anni Domingo 6

Hattie McDaniel; More Than a Mammy 11

Britain Part I 17

1 Esther Bruce: A Londoner in Wartime 18

2 A Letter to Mr. Churchill 24

3 Cleo Laine: She Can Do No Wrong 27

4 Liverpool 31

5 Cardiff 35

Expatriates Part I 41

6 Adelaide Hall Goes to War 42

7 Elisabeth Welch: Keeping the Home Fires Burning 46

Visiting Americans Part I 51

8 Home Away from Home: From America to Wartime Britain 52

Britain Part 2 61

9 Lilian Bader: Life in the WAAF 63

10 Amelia King and the Women's Land Army 67

11 Una Marson and the BBC in Wartime 71

Expatriates Part 2 77

12 Adelaide Hall and the London Blitz 77

13 Elisabeth Welch: The Man I Love 81

West Indian Women in Wartime 85

14 No Suitable Vacancy 87

15 Nadia Cattouse: Keep Smiling Through 92

16 Norma Best: The Best Experience 96

17 Connie Mark: A Formidable Force 99

Expatriates Part 3 105

18 Adelaide Hall Carries On… and Goes to Germany 106

19 Elisabeth Welch Goes to Gibraltar 109

20 Josephine Baker: Rainbow Warrior 113

Britain Part 3 119

21 At Home with Amanda Ira Aldridge 121

22 Amy Ashwood Garvey and the 1945 Manchester Pan-African Conference 127

23 Television is Here Again 131

Visiting Americans Part 2 137

24 Hilda Simms and Anna Lucasta 139

25 Lena Home: A Lady with Something to Sing About 142

26 Katherine Dunham: A Voyage of Discovery 147

27 Eartha Kitt Five Dollar Fine, Kitty 151

Expatriates Part 4 157

28 Adelaide Hail: Adopted Daughter of London 158

29 Elisabeth Welch: At Home Abroad 160

Britain 1948 163

30 Pauline Henriques, Anna Lucasta and the Negro Theatre Company 164

31 Winifred Atwell: A Star is Born 170

32 Pearl Connor-Mogotsi: The Mother of Us All 175

33 Women on the Windrush 181

34 National Health Service 187

35 Hostilities in Liverpool 194

Conclusion 198

Not Forgotten 199

Appendix I Black Women in British Cinema 1939-48: A Chronology 209

Appendix II Black Women on British Television 1946-48: A Chronology 211

About the Author 213

Index 216

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