‘This is Staffordshire not Alabama’: Racial Geographies of Commonwealth Immigration in Early 1960s Britain

@article{Buettner2014ThisIS,
  title={‘This is Staffordshire not Alabama’: Racial Geographies of Commonwealth Immigration in Early 1960s Britain},
  author={E. Buettner},
  journal={The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History},
  year={2014},
  volume={42},
  pages={710 - 740}
}
  • E. Buettner
  • Published 2014
  • History
  • The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
In the 1964 general election, the English town of Smethwick outside Birmingham became infamous for the unprecedented way in which issues of immigration, race and racism entered British national politics. Conservative candidate Peter Griffiths captured the Smethwick seat in Parliament from long-standing Labour MP Patrick Gordon Walker, aided by the slogan ‘If you want a nigger neighbour, vote Liberal or Labour’—a watershed episode soon overshadowed by the rise of Powellism in the late 1960s… Expand