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Bonds of EmpireWest Indians and Britishness from Victoria to Decolonization$
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Anne Spry Rush

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199588558

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588558.001.0001

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‘One United Family’

‘One United Family’

The World at War

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Bonds of Empire

Anne Spry Rush

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the experiences of West Indians in the First and Second World Wars, exploring their contribution to the war efforts along with native British reactions to their participation overseas as well as on the British and Caribbean home fronts. British Caribbean peoples served in the armed forces, as civilian war workers, and as advocates for the British cause. They experienced both discrimination and encouragement from British officials and ordinary native Britons as they endeavored to support the mother country during the wars. Their uneven treatment angered many West Indians, but others choose to interpret their experiences in ways that reinforced their identification with Britain, even as the war created circumstances that allowed them to also take pride in their achievements as Caribbean peoples.

Keywords:   armed forces, British, Caribbean, discrimination, home front, mother country, overseas, war workers, World Wars

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