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Document: Extract from a letter about the 1919 race riots in Cardiff (HO 45/11017/377969/5)


102 years ago this month, in June 1919, a series of violent riots broke out in port cities around the UK. This letter was sent from the Cardiff Chief Constable to the Under Secretary of State, Home Office, about the riots.

At the end of the First World War, the demobilisation of troops caused severe post-war competition for jobs. The perception that ‘foreigners’ were ‘stealing’ jobs was one of the triggers for the rioting and attacks on black and minority ethnic communities, including those who had lived and worked here for many years and served in the war as citizens of the British Empire.

Learn more in our new lesson about the 1919 race riots: 1919 race riots - The National Archives www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/resources/1919-race...

Please note this source includes some racist and abusive language and is presented here to accurately represent a historical narrative. This language wasn’t acceptable at the time and isn’t acceptable today.


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    • 04/Jun/2021 21:55:49

    A surprisingly even handed account!