“Only the colored people themselves can determine their political, social and economic future.”

William Monroe Trotter

Research Film Studio

Prof. EA Kiss

This course uncovers the roots of racial injustice in Hollywood; the secret, but cardinal role Woodrow Wilson played in the production and distribution of D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation that led directly to the rebirth of the KKK and increased violence against Afro-Americans; and William Monroe Trotter’s fight against the state propaganda film. Wilson’s policy of segregation was adapted by Hollywood as a self-censoring industry regulation of representation. Black people could only appear on screen as subservient and marginal characters, never as equals, partners or leaders. This code, Wilson’s legacy, has become second nature to Hollywood.

04/20

Afro-Americans on the Frontline

Museum vitrine on Afro-American soldiers; Dee Rees museum vitrine

Mudbound

Dee Rees

(2017)

Paisan

Roberto Rossellini

(1946)

Glory

Edward Zwick

(1989)

Archival photography and film on Afro-American soldiers

How We Advertised America

George Creel

(1920)

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