Kennetta Hammond Perry F'12
ACLS Fellowship Program 2012
East Carolina University
London is the Place for Me: Black Britons, Citizenship, and the Politics of Belonging
This project examines how Caribbean migrants articulated their status as British citizens by moving, settling, and forging a sense of belonging in England following World War II. By placing the voices and collective interests of migrants at the center of historical analysis, this study demonstrates that postwar Caribbean migration comprised more than the actual physical movement of individuals across the geographical spaces of the British Empire. Perhaps more importantly, this study considers how these intra-imperial migrations involved a type of claim-making that was rooted in post-emancipation discourses of imperial belonging and oriented towards a transnational and diasporic understanding of what it meant to be both Black and British during the mid-twentieth century.