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Author Stewart, Jacqueline Najuma, 1970-

Title Migrating to the movies : cinema and Black urban modernity / Jacqueline Najuma Stewart
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 343 pages) : illustrations
Series The George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies
George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies.
Contents A nigger in the woodpile, or Black (in)visibility in film history -- "To misrepresent a helpless race" : the Black image problem -- Mixed colors : riddles of blackness in preclassical cinema -- "Negroes laughing at themselves"? Black spectatorship and the performance of urban modernity -- "Some thing to see up here all the time" : moviegoing and Black urban leisure in Chicago -- Along the "stroll" : Chicago's Black Belt movie theaters -- Reckless rovers versus ambitious negroes : migration, patriotism, and the politics of genre in early African American filmmaking -- "We were never immigrants" : Oscar Micheaux and the reconstruction of Black American identity
Summary The rise of cinema as the predominant American entertainment around the turn of the last century coincided with the migration of hundreds of thousands of African Americans from the South to the urban "land of hope" in the North. This richly illustrated book, discussing many early films and illuminating black urban life in this period, is the first detailed look at the numerous early relationships between African Americans and cinema. It investigates African American migrations onto the screen, into the audience, and behind the camera, showing that African American urban populations and cinema
Notes "The George Gund Foundation imprint in African American studies"--Page [ii]
Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Chicago, 1999
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-325) and index
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Subject African Americans in motion pictures.
African Americans in the motion picture industry.
African Americans -- Migrations -- History -- 20th century.
Motion picture audiences -- United States.
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