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Jim Crow & Jezebel Go To Hollywood

Program #ROBC001. Recorded in Los Olivos, CA on June 25, 2004.

Audio sample:
The power of cinema to shape public perception is as old motion pictures themselves. In the late 19th century, Jim Crow was the term for a system of laws and policies designed to maintain racial segregation. Jezebel was a featured character in Southern literature at that time, an irresistible black woman seducing white men. The silent films of the early 20th century offered a powerful new medium for re-enforcing these stereotypes. It was an inexpensive entertainment. Millions of new immigrants went to the movies and absorbed Hollywood's version of race in American history.

Speaker(s):

Cedric Robinson

Cedric Robinson, political theorist and black studies professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, wrote the seminal bookBlack Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition. He passed away in June 2016.

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