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Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in Modern Britain

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The Modern Records Centre's collections contain a range of sources on race, ethnicity and migration in Britain from the late 19th century onwards.

Selected documents relating to themes covered by the module 'Race, Ethnicity, and Migration in Modern Britain' are highlighted in the sections below. When copyright permits, we have digitised some of the sources and they can be viewed online. Undigitised material can be seen in the Modern Records Centre reading room.


Jewish East London

Britain's ports, 1910s-1930s

European refugees and fascism, 1933-1945

The British Commonwealth and the Second World War

West Indian migration, 1948-1958

The 1958 riots

Enoch Powell and the 1968 "Rivers of Blood" speech

The National Front and the anti-fascist response in the 1970s

Race, policing and the 1980s riots