Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben, And Rastus available in Hardcover
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- ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
This book provides a mirror to our pasta past that has been ignored or overshadowed for too long. From the foreword by Alex Haley
Kern-Foxworth chronicles the stereotypical portrayals of Blacks in advertising from the turn of the century to the present. Beginning with slave advertisements, she discusses how slavery led naturally to the stereotypes found in early advertisements. From the end of the slave era to the culmination of the Civil Rights movement, advertising portrayed Blacks as Aunt Jemimas, Uncle Bens, and Rastuses, and the author explores the psychological impact of these portrayals. With the advent of the Civil Rights movement, organizations such as CORE and NAACP voiced their opposition and became active in the elimination of such advertising. In the final chapters, the volume examines the reactions of consumers to integrated advertising and the current role of Blacks in advertising. Its truly novel subject matter and its inclusion of vintage and contemporary advertisements featuring Blacks make this a valuable work.
|Series:||Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies Series , #16|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)|
About the Author
MARILYN KERN-FOXWORTH is Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism at Texas A&M University. In Spring 1994, she was the Garth C. Reeves Endowed Chair at Florida A&M University Department of Journalism, Media, and Graphic Arts. She is the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. with a concentration in advertising. An accomplished, award-winning scholar, in 1993 she became the first person of color to receive the Kreighbaum Under-40 Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication for outstanding performance in teaching, research, and public service. In 1981, she received a Kizzy Award from the Black Women Hall of Fame Foundation and was cited as one of 12 outstanding African-American women in America, and in 1993, she was one of several African-American women honored nationwide by the consortium of Doctors, Ltd. for her accomplishments as mass media trailblazer and pioneer.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Alex Haley
Slave Advertisements: A Mirror to the "Peculiar Institution"
Memories of the Way We Were: Blacks in Early Advertising
Myths, Lies, and Stereotypes: Black Advertising Symbols, Characters, and Models
Aunt Jemima: The Most Battered Woman in America Rises to the Top
Invisible Consumers: Gaining Equal Representation for Blacks in Advertising
Separate But Definitely Not Equal: Frequency of Blacks in Advertising
Blacks in Advertising: Critics Give Two Thumbs Up
Epilogue: Colorizing Advertising: A 21st Century Challenge
Appendix: African-American Museums and Resource Centers