Race War - Black American GI's in Bristol and Gloucestershire during World War II

Race War - Black American GI's in Bristol and Gloucestershire during World War II

By Neil Wynn

Booklet Published by the Bristol Radical History Group in 2008, 16 pages. A5 size booklet (N3791)

From the rear side cover: America's entry into the Second World War immediately served to highlight the issue of race relations and the contradictions between America's declared position as a defender of "freedom" and "democracy," and what was actually practiced. Prior to the D-Day landings of June 1944, there were around 1.6 million American forces personnel located in various parts of the U.K, with the largest numbers gathered in the southwest, and this booklet examines the issues surrounding Black soldiers in the US army.

The pubs in Bristol were segregated with some serving whites only, and others, generally poorer ones, blacks only. As early as 1942 arrangements had been made to seat the races separately in cinemas in Yeovil and Chard, and even fish and chip shops operated on racial lines - one shop declaring black Wednesdays and white Thursdays.

This booklet provides a fascinating account of these and other issues, relating to an aspect of the Second World War that is almost virtunally ignored. For instance - who knows that two black american soldiers were executed on British soil for commiting a crime in Britain against a British citizen, a crime which was not punishable in Britain by the death sentence. As one commentator at the time said - these men are being killed simply because they are black....

Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound

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