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Other titles in the John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture series:

Broadcasting Freedom: Radio, War, and the Politics of Race, 1938-1948 (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Cult)

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Publisher Comments:

The World War II era represented the golden age of radio as a broadcast medium in the United States; it also witnessed a rise in African American activism against racial segregation and discrimination, especially as they were practiced by the federal government itself. In Broadcasting Freedom, Barbara Savage links these cultural and political forces by showing how African American activists, public officials, intellectuals, and artists sought to access and use radio to influence a national debate about racial inequality.

Drawing on a rich and previously unexamined body of national public affairs programming about African Americans and race relations, Savage uses these radio shows to demonstrate the emergence of a new national discourse about race and ethnicity, racial hatred and injustice, and the contributions of racial and immigrant populations to the development of the United States. These programs, she says, challenged the nation to reconcile its professed egalitarian ideals with its unjust treatment of black Americans and other minorities.

This examination of radio's treatment of race as a national political issue also provides important evidence that the campaigns for racial justice in the 1940s served as an essential, and still overlooked, precursor to the civil rights campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s, Savage argues. The next battleground would be in the South—and on television.

Synopsis:

A brilliant and provocative book.

American Historical Review A study of great value to scholars of black history, communications, propaganda, and mid-century America.

The Historian Savage has done a superb job.

Journal of Southern History This extraordinary book will help shape the way we think about both [civil rights and the development of radio].

Journal of American History Clearly organized and well written.

Choice

Synopsis:

Recovers the importance of 1940s radio to the quest for racial equality in America. The public programming campaigns of activists, government officials, and intellectual leaders heightened awareness of racial issues and helped start the civil rights campaign of the 1950s and 1960s.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part I Federal Constructions of "the Negro"

1 Americans All, Immigrants All: Cultural Pluralism and Americanness

2 Freedom's People: Radio and the Political Uses of African American Culture and History

3 "Negro Morale," the Office of War Information, and the War Department

Part II Airing the Race Question

4 The National Urban League on the Radio

5 Radio and the Political Discourse of Racial Equality

6 New World A'Coming and Destination Freedom

Conclusion

Appendix: Radio Programs Discussed in the Text

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Illustrations

Rachel Davis DuBois

Cover of brochure advertising Americans All, Immigrants All

Cover of phonograph recordings of Americans All, Immigrants All

Paul Robeson appearing on the first broadcast of Freedom's People in 1941

Placard advertising Freedom's People

Covers of Office of Education brochure for Freedom's People

Studio audience at Freedom's People broadcast

Ambrose Caliver appearing on Freedom's People

OWI official Theodore M. Berry

Radio commentator H. V. Kaltenborn, National Urban League official Ann Tanneyhill, pianist Hazel Scott, and a member of the Charioteers preparing for the 1944 National Urban League broadcast

Announcement of an America's Town Meeting of the Air broadcast, "Are We Solving America's Race Problem?"

President Harry S. Truman addressing the 1947 NAACP convention

Roi Ottley

Richard Durham

Cast of Destination Freedom

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848043
Author:
Savage, Barbara Dianne
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Savage, Barbara Dianne
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
African American Studies - History
Subject:
Afro-americans
Subject:
Radio - History & Criticism
Subject:
Minority Studies - Race Relations
Subject:
Radio broadcasting
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Radio programs
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States.
Subject:
Radio programs -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
African Americans in radio broadcasting
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Histor
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
United States; World War II; African Americans; race relations; African American activism; 1940s; civil rights movement; media; politics; culture; The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Subject:
United States; World War II; African Americans; race relations; African American activism; 1940s; civil rights movement; media; poli
Subject:
tics; culture; The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Subject:
World War II
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
African American activism
Subject:
1940s
Subject:
Civil rights movement.
Subject:
Media
Subject:
Politics
Subject:
Culture
Subject:
The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Racism and Ethnic Conflict
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Subject:
Thâe
Subject:
John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
The John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
Publication Date:
May 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 408 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807848043 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A brilliant and provocative book.

American Historical Review A study of great value to scholars of black history, communications, propaganda, and mid-century America.

The Historian Savage has done a superb job.

Journal of Southern History This extraordinary book will help shape the way we think about both [civil rights and the development of radio].

Journal of American History Clearly organized and well written.

Choice

"Synopsis" by , Recovers the importance of 1940s radio to the quest for racial equality in America. The public programming campaigns of activists, government officials, and intellectual leaders heightened awareness of racial issues and helped start the civil rights campaign of the 1950s and 1960s.
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