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Rattling the Chains of History: Steven Spielberg's Amistad and ‘Telling Everyone's Story’

Trevor B. McCrisken and Andrew Pepper

in American History and Contemporary Hollywood Film

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748614899
eISBN:
9780748670666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614899.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

The release of Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997) constitutes something of a new direction in Hollywood's attitude towards both slavery and its role as public historian. This chapter examines ... More


<i>Roots</i>/Routes of American Identity

Joshua Glick

in Los Angeles Documentary and the Production of Public History, 1958-1977

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780520293700
eISBN:
9780520966918
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520293700.003.0007
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Bicentennial events in Los Angeles spoke to black mayor Tom Bradley’s plan for shaping the city into a business-friendly, multicultural metropolis—a plan that would reach fruition in the next decade. ... More


Rooting for the Fascists in <i>Avatar</i>

John Marmysz

in Cinematic Nihilism: Encounters, Confrontations, Overcomings

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781474424561
eISBN:
9781474438421
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424561.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores James Cameron’s filmAvatar, suggesting that in the utopian culture of the film’s heroes, the Na'vi, Cameron has created a world in which the cultural overcoming of nihilism is ... More


Advancing Broader Political Agendas: Spatial Justice, Land and Border Control, and Deepening Democracy

Isabelle Anguelovski

in Neighborhood as Refuge: Community Reconstruction, Place Remaking, and Environmental Justice in the City

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262026925
eISBN:
9780262322188
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026925.003.0006
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Chapter 6 analyzes the broader political goals that activists and their supporters advance when they organize for environmental revitalization. They challenge public officials and planners who ... More


Zenith

David Harrington Watt

in Antifundamentalism in Modern America

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780801448270
eISBN:
9781501708541
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801448270.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter explores how the concept of fundamentalism was reinvented; it was made far less specific and far more elastic and was transformed into a category that was broad enough to accommodate ... More


The Hello Bordello and Brave Men Matrix

Daniel R. Maher

in Mythic Frontiers: Remembering, Forgetting, and Profiting with Cultural Heritage Tourism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780813062532
eISBN:
9780813051185
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813062532.003.0006
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

The frontier complex reinforces narratives of heterosexual normativity and white male hegemony by using narratives of femme fatales, madam entrepreneurs, and brave deputies. Following Judith Butler’s ... More


Organizations and Ideals

in Philip Selznick: Ideals in the World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804744751
eISBN:
9780804783743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804744751.003.0004
Subject:
Law, Philosophy of Law

Until the mid-1950s Selznick' s academic work focused on organization theory. Several articles and three books were foundational contributions to a particular way of thinking about organizations, ... More


‘<i>Race Today</i> cannot fail’: black radicalism in the long 1980s

Robin Bunce

in Labour and the Left in the 1980s

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781526106438
eISBN:
9781526120939
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781526106438.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, UK Politics

The Race Today Collective occupied a unique position on the British left during the 1980s. Inspired by the example of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the thought of radicals such as ... More


Personalism and the NaturalRoots of Morality

Johan De Tavernier

in Questioning the Human: Toward a Theological Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780823257522
eISBN:
9780823261567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257522.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

While the personalist anthropology emerged as the attempt to overcome a putative physicalism in the natural-law tradition (asserting that the human being is not reducible to nature but rather is a ... More


Past as Present: History on Television from the 1950s to the 1970s

M. J. Rymsza-Pawlowska

in History Comes Alive: Public History and Popular Culture in the 1970s

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9781469633862
eISBN:
9781469633879
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633862.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Television is one of the earliest indicators of a significant shift, by the 1970s, in how we understand and learn about history. In the 1950s and 60s, television programs like You Are There and The ... More


Embodying Africa: Roots-Seekers and the Politics of Blackness

Bayo Holsey

in The Trouble with Post-Blackness

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231169349
eISBN:
9780231538503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231169349.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter examines the formation of blackness as defined by one’s individual experience with or relationship to an imagined (often romanticized) Africa. Focusing on Alex Haley’s Roots, it ... More


Cosa de Blancos: Cuban American Whiteness and the Afro-Cuban-Occupied House

Antonio López

in Unbecoming Blackness: The Diaspora Cultures of Afro-Cuban America

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814765463
eISBN:
9780814765487
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814765463.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter deals with Cuban American whiteness. The autobiographical narratives of a voyage back to Cuba during the post-Soviet 1990s by white, middle-class, Cuban American academics lead to a ... More


Roots and the Perils of African American Television Drama in a Global World

Timothy Havens

in Black Television Travels: African American Media around the Globe

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814737200
eISBN:
9780814759448
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814737200.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter looks at the miniseries Roots (1977), which became a worldwide sensation. The show's portrayals of blackness, particularly black masculinity, draws on black nationalist and Black Power ... More


Different Strokes for Different Folks: , Family, and History

Judy Kutulas

in After Aquarius Dawned: How the Revolutions of the Sixties Became the Popular Culture of the Seventies

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469632919
eISBN:
9781469632933
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632919.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The television mini-series of Alex Haley’s book Roots marked a television milestone, presenting an African-American family as the stars of a show intended for a broad American audience. The ... More


Returning to ‘roots’: Estonian-Australian child migrants visiting the homeland

Brad Ruting

in Return migration in later life: International perspectives

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9781447301226
eISBN:
9781447311010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447301226.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Gerontology and Ageing

This chapter draws on qualitative research to explore visits to the homeland by older Estonian-Australian migrants to Australia who left Estonia as children during the turmoil of the Second World ... More


“So Beautiful in Those Rags”: Cicely Tyson, Popular Culture, and African American History in the 1970S

Ruth Feldstein

in How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195314038
eISBN:
9780199344819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314038.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Cicely Tyson became a superstar in the 1970s, with award‐winning roles in the film Sounder (1972), the television special The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), and the television miniseries ... More


From Miami to New York and Beyond: Race and Exile in the 1960s

Devyn Spence Benson

in Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469626727
eISBN:
9781469626741
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626727.003.0004
Subject:
History, Latin American History

In the 1960s Cubans moved back and forth between Cuba and the United States, but even when they did not, the flow of ideas, histories, and debates about race shaped how Cubans, Cuban Americans, and ... More


After Abolition: Metaphors of Slavery in the Political History of the Gambia

Alice Bellagamba

in Reconfiguring Slavery: West African Trajectories

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311994
eISBN:
9781846315640
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846311994.003.0004
Subject:
History, Imperialism and Colonialism

This chapter explores how internal historical slavery is almost entirely silenced in the Gambia and how this ‘silencing’ parallels slavery's metaphorical extension to the experience of poverty and ... More


The 1920s and 1930s Voodoo Craze: African Survivals in American Popular Culture and the Ivory Tower

Melissa L. Cooper

in Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781469632681
eISBN:
9781469632704
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469632681.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores the 1920s and 1930s "voodoo craze" by examing the way that negative ideas about "Africa" and "Africans" during these years, and the prevelance of the common association between ... More


Some Good News

C. Daniel Batson

in A Scientific Search for Altruism: Do We Only Care About Ourselves?

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2018
ISBN:
9780190651374
eISBN:
9780190651404
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190651374.003.0013
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Empathy-induced altruism provides benefits for (a) the person in need, (b) other similar people, and (c) the person feeling empathic concern. Specifically, there is evidence that it can produce the ... More


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