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Multicultural Britain 1. Source B is from a programme that was broadcast in 1956 and which set out to expose the 'colour bar'. The Source is a part of the interview with Mr Davis, a railway manager, and Mr Geary, a leading trade unionist. The interview is conducted by Chris Chataway, a journalist. We know that Chris Chataway is trying to prove there is a colour bar and so the programme is very likely to be biased towards the fact that there is and it will want to get a certain response from the interviewees because if they did not have that response then the programme would not be proving anything. However, it was true that there was a colour bar in England and many employers tended to not hire people because of their colour. This shows us that it could be unreliable as the programme could be biased because they are trying to prove that there is a colour bar and so they would make sure that anyone they were to ask about the 'colour bar' was going to help prove that there is one. The first person to speak in the interview is Chris Chataway as he is asking the questions to Mr Davis and Mr Geary. The first questions, "Now four coloured men came this morning to ask for jobs and they were turned away. ...read more.


We now know that there were many other places around Britain who did this but Lloyd Miller had no way of knowing this then and is simply presuming that this is what was happening everywhere. This shows that it might not be useful as he is twisting the truth and so he may have been twisting the truth on other facts of what he said as well. In the source there are dotted lines between sentences, this shows that parts have been taken out, this could be because the author did not want it in the book as it does not coincide with the authors' opinion. This shows it may not be very useful as not all the information given is used in the book and Lloyd Miller may have had other opinions and views on his experience but they are not shown. Also, the book was published in 1998, this is quite a long time after black immigrants first came to Britain and so it may not be useful. Overall the source is not useful to historians who are investigating the difficulties facing black immigrants. Source C is a photograph of black immigrants trying to find somewhere to live in London in the 1950's. I do not believe that this photo is useful to historians investigating the difficulties facing black immigrants looking for accommodation in Britain because there is no way of knowing from the photo that the people in it are actually looking for rooms. ...read more.


It tells of how 'acts of kindness by individual white people kept many black people going when life in Britain seemed particularly bleak.' Source G is a cartoon that appeared in the Evening Standard, a London newspaper. The cartoon is of three men who are shown to be in Notting Hill after dark with knives and its aim is to 'take the Mickey' out of these types of people, the types of people who would discriminate against black people. This shows how this newspaper is not racist as they are presenting how people, like the people in the cartoon, are dim and narrow-minded. The cartoon has a quote at the bottom of it, reading 'They just ain't civilised - like we are..!' The quote suggests that white people that discriminate have a ridiculous mind-set and are therefore unintelligent because of this. This implies that the illustrator of the cartoon had no prejudices against Black immigrants and so this source shows how wrong the statement is. Many people in 1949-1959 were racist, discriminating against Black people and making them face prejudice but it certainly was not everyone. There were always people in Britain who helped Black immigrants and tried to make them welcome to the country they had once so longed to see, however this was a minority. Even so, not all of Britain was racist and so not everyone was as small-minded as those who were. ...read more.

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