Title Information

Records for not-yet-published titles do not include subject classifications. To initiate an order, see the instructions at the bottom of the page.

MILITANT VISIONS: BLACK SOLDIERS, INTERNATIONALISM AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF AMERICAN CINEMA. Elizabeth Reich. Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, 2016. 192 pp. 22 x 15 cm. ISBN 9780813572581 In English.
Paperbound edition also available; see Worldwide 171933. Publisher's description: When asked to name the first "militant" Black characters in film, we might imagine Blaxploitation heroes like Sweetback or Shaft. Yet, as this groundbreaking new book shows, there was a much earlier cycle of films featuring militant Black -- many of which were sponsored by the U.S. government. Militant Visions examines how, from the 1940s to the 1970s, the cinematic figure of the black soldier helped change the ways American moviegoers saw Black men, for the first time presenting African Americans as vital and integrated members of the nation. Elizabeth Reich traces the figure across a wide variety of movie genres, from action blockbusters like Bataan to patriotic musicals like Stormy Weather. In the process, she reveals how the image of the proud and powerful African American serviceman was crafted by an unexpected alliance of government propagandists, civil rights activists, and Black filmmakers. Offering a nuanced reading of a figure that was simultaneously conservative and radical, Reich considers how the cinematic Black soldier lent a human face to ongoing debates about racial integration, Black internationalism, and American militarism.
Indexing: Video/Film/Performance
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171932
Hardcover $90.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title) Temporarily Out of Stock. Library Orders Accepted, but Availability and Price Cannot be Guaranteed.

Select titles for ordering by clicking in the boxes to the left of the title entries and then click on the "Add to Cart" button below. You will then be able to specify quantities and continue with your order.

NOTE: The shopping cart will expire after 2 hours of inactivity.