Blacks in Film During & After WWII Essay by The Research Group

Blacks in Film During & After WWII
New images of African-Amer., reducing racist stereotypes. Provides background and looks at social attitudes, civil rights groups, examples, exceptions and the impact of the war.
# 20566 | 2,250 words | 9 sources | 1993 | US
Published on Feb 25, 2003 in Film (History of) , African-American Studies (General)


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"During the Second World War, the images of African Americans in film began to undergo some important changes. Since the early period of film history, African Americans had been depicted in a stereotypical manner. In early silent films, for example, black characters were generally limited to such types as "gentle Toms, doomed mulattoes, comic coons, overstuffed mammies, and mean, menacing, violent black bucks" (Bogle 1). By the late 1930's, little had changed in terms of Hollywood's portrayal of African Americans. Although the Depression Era saw the rise of several important African American film stars, the roles they were cast in were yet "little more than the familiar lineup of stumbling, shuffling, eye.popping, teeth.clacking, grinning, giddy black servants" (Ibid. 2).

African Americans were limited to such roles because racial.."

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