Introduction
in Britain’s ‘brown babies’
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The introduction lays out the reasons for undertaking this research on the children born to black GIs and white British women during the Second World War. These babies, born before the arrival of the Windrush in what was then a very white Britain, have a history that is largely unknown. The introduction explains how these children (now in their early seventies) were found and interviewed by the author. Oral history – the stories told by these children – forms the heart of this book, and the value of oral history is discussed. Other sources analysed are central and local government papers, the British and American press, memoirs and letters. These children were termed ‘half-caste’ in Britain but were more positively labelled ‘brown babies’ by the African-American press, hence the title of the book.

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