Hollywood Be Thy Name: African American Religion in American Film, 1929-1949 / Edition 1

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"This is a ground-breaking book. The text is remarkable in its use of MPAA files and studio archives; Weisenfeld uncovers all sorts of side stories that enrich the larger narrative. The writing is clear and concise, and Weisenfeld makes important theoretical interpretations without indulging in difficult jargon. She incorporates both film theory and race theory in graceful, non-obtrusive ways that deepen understanding. This is an outstanding work."—Colleen McDannell, author of Picturing Faith: Photography and the Great Depression

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Editorial Reviews

African American Review - Kathy L. Glass
“An illuminating study of the history of race and film in America.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520227743
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2007
  • Series: George Gund Foundation Book in African A
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 355
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Weisenfeld is Professor of Religion at Princeton University. She is the author of African American Women and Christian Activism: New York’s Black YWCA, 1905-1945 and the coeditor of This Far By Faith: Readings in African American Women’s Religious Biography.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
"'Taint What You Was, It's What You Is Today": Hallelujah and the Politics of Racial Authenticity     19
"'De Lawd' a Natchel Man": The Green Pastures in the American Cultural Imagination     52
"A Mighty Epic of Modern Morals": Black-Audience Religious Films     88
"Saturday Sinners and Sunday Saints": Urban Commercial Culture and the Reconstruction of Black Religious Leadership     130
"A Long, Long Way": Religion and African American Wartime Morale     163
"Why Didn't They Tell Me I'm a Negro?": Lost Boundaries and the Moral Landscape of Race     204
Conclusion     235
Filmography     239
Notes     241
Select Bibliography     319
Index     331
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