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By Ellen C. Scott

From Al Jolson in blackface to music of the South, there's a lengthy historical past of racism in Hollywood movie. but as early because the Nineteen Thirties, motion picture studios rigorously vetted their releases, removal racially offensive language just like the “N-word.” This censorship didn't stem from merely humanitarian issues, yet fairly from concerns approximately boycotts from civil rights teams and lack of profit from African American filmgoers.

Cinema Civil Rights presents the untold heritage of ways Black audiences, activists, and lobbyists inspired the illustration of race in Hollywood within the many years sooner than the Sixties civil rights period. utilizing a nuanced research of strength, Ellen C. Scott unearths how those representations have been formed through a fancy set of negotiations among quite a few participants and firms. instead of easily recounting the point of view of movie studios, she calls our recognition to quite a few different influential associations, from protest teams to country censorship boards.


Scott demonstrates not just how civil rights debates helped formed the films, but in addition how the flicks themselves supplied an essential public discussion board for addressing taboo topics like interracial sexuality, segregation, and lynching. Emotionally gripping, theoretically subtle, and meticulously researched, Cinema Civil Rights presents us with an in-depth examine the movie industry’s position in either articulating and censoring the nationwide dialog on race.

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