Framing the South: Hollywood, Television, and Race during the Civil Rights Struggleby Allison schoen
What patterns emerge in media coverage and character depiction of Southern men and women, blacks and whites, in the years between 1954 and 1976? How do portrayals of the region and the equal rights movement illuminate the spirit and experience of the Southand of the nation as a whole? In Framing the South, Allison Graham examines the ways in which the/i>
What patterns emerge in media coverage and character depiction of Southern men and women, blacks and whites, in the years between 1954 and 1976? How do portrayals of the region and the equal rights movement illuminate the spirit and experience of the Southand of the nation as a whole? In Framing the South, Allison Graham examines the ways in which the media, particularly television and film, presented Southerners during the period of the civil rights revolution.
Graham analyzes depictions of southern race and social class in a wide range of Hollywood filmsincluding A Streetcar Named Desire, The Three Faces of Eve, and A Face in the Crowd from the 1950s; later films like Cool Hand Luke, In the Heat of the Night, and Mississippi Burning; and MGM's Elvis Presley vehicles. She traces how films have confrontedor avoidedissues of racism over the years, paralleling Hollywood depictions with the tamer characterization of the likeable "hillbilly" popularized in television's The Real McCoys and The Andy Griffith Show. Graham reinforces the political impact of these fictional representations by examining media coverage of civil rights demonstrations, including the documentary Crisis: Behind the Presidential Commitment, which reported the clash between Robert Kennedy and Governor George Wallace over the integration of the University of Alabama. She concludes with a provocative analysis of Forrest Gump, identifying the popular film as a retelling of post-World War II Southern history.
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In her subtle readings of 1950s and 1960s films, Allison Graham reveals in Framing the South how Hollywood has portrayed and manipulated southerners. Whether discussing whiteness, racial boundaries, Elvis Presley movies, African Americans, or poor whites, Graham has a keen analytical eye for class and gender. Framing the South explains Hollywood's perplexing use of southern stereotypes and thus makes a major contribution to post-World War II cultural history.
An exceptionally entertaining study, Framing the South is ambitious in its coverage of both film and television. Graham effectively situates this material in terms of the civil rights struggle and the public discourse about American racism. This is a substantial work of scholarship covering a crucial aspect of American politics and culture in the twentieth century.
By offering a compelling analysis of the films and television programs that dealtexplicitly and implicitlywith the turbulent racial situation in the postwar South, Allison Graham illuminates the process by which competing narratives of the region's civil rights convulsions have become inscribed in national and regional consciousness. An innovative, engaging and deeply insightful book, Framing the South should find an appreciative audience among those interested in the relationship between media, culture, and the African American freedom struggle.
Meet the Author
Allison Graham, winner of the Erik Barnouw Award of the Organization of American Historians in 1994, is a professor of media and communication studies at the University of Memphis.
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