By Benjamin Nicholas Lawrance

The lives of six African teenagers, a long time 9 to 16, have been ceaselessly altered by means of the insurrection aboard the Cuban schooner l. a. Amistad in 1839. Like their grownup partners, all have been captured in Africa and illegally offered as slaves. during this interesting revisionist background, Benjamin N. Lawrance reconstructs six entwined tales and brings them to the leading edge of the Amistad clash. via eyewitness stories, court docket documents, and the children's personal letters, Lawrance recounts how their lives have been inextricably interwoven through the old drama, and casts new gentle on unlawful nineteenth-century transatlantic slave smuggling.

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More Muslims live in terraced houses (64 per cent of Pakistanis) compared to whites (27 per cent) (Modood et al. 1997) As far as physical housing problems are concerned, the 2001 census has provided very detailed information regarding overcrowding, the lack of or need to share bathroom or WC facilities, lack of central heating, and whether the accommodation is self-contained. It appears that a significant number of houses occupied by Muslim ISSUES, POLICY AND PRACTICE 37 groups are overcrowded (43 per cent Pakistani and Bangladeshi) compared to white households (2 per cent).

On Friday, 28 September 2001, just hours after the attack on Afghanistan, a delegation from the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) was invited to Downing Street and paraded to the media (cue smiles and handshakes). On 9 October 2001, the MCB issued a press release strongly denouncing the war. New Labour was furious about this. Although the MCB did not support the demonstrations against the war, it was clear that they did not want to further alienate the government – an important trade-off took place, with the politicians winning.

We can illustrate the comparative position of Muslims in Britain with a series of diagrams showing the age distribution, educational level, occupational structure and housing tenure of the main religious groups. For convenience, the data relate to England and Wales, which contain 97 per cent of the United Kingdom total (data for Scotland and Northern Ireland are located in different censuses). 1 shows that the Muslim population has the youngest age structure of all the religious groups in England and Wales.

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