THE MAKING OF THE BLACK WORKING CLASS IN BRITAIN
HISTORY (London, Gower, 1987)
This is the first comprehensive historical perspective on the relationship between black workers
and the changing patterns of Britain's labour needs. It places in an historical context the
development of a small black presence in sixteenth-century Britain into the disadvantaged
black working class of the 1980s.
The book deals with the colonial labour institutions (slavery, indentureship and trade unionism)
and the ideology underlying them and also considers the previously neglected role of the
nineteenth-century black radicals in British working class struggles.
Finally, the book examines the emergence of a black radical ideology that has underpinned the
twentieth-century struggles against unemployment, racial attacks and workplace grievances,
among them employer and trade union racism.
"...well written and presented with admirable clarity...scrupulously
documented and written with dynamic flair...with almost every turn of the page the book breaks new ground."
Caryl Phillips, City Limits
"...this is a pioneering and valuable work of scholarship and interpretation."
"...a major work of research that is certain to be thumbed through by scholars in the future."
West Indian News
"...an important and timely contribution to British historiography."
"...Ramdin's contribution is unique."
Times Higher Education Supplement