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Introduction: “Cruel Stack O'Lee”: Trickster Badness and the Fight against Subordination in African American Vernacular Culture

in Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226550350
eISBN:
9780226550374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.003.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is the black popular cultural producers' perpetuation of a criminal vision of themselves and their community. The book examines the ... More


Epilogue: Global Gangsta—Life in Death

in Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226550350
eISBN:
9780226550374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.003.0007
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study about the gangsta culture and criminal self-representation of African Americans in popular culture. It contends that the gangsta image as the ... More


Sin City Cinema: The Underworld Race Films of Oscar Micheaux and Ralph Cooper

in Under a Bad Sign: Criminal Self-Representation in African American Popular Culture

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226550350
eISBN:
9780226550374
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226550374.003.0003
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines the race films in the United States in the 1930s and 1940s. It analyzes several such films including Within Our Gates directed by Oscar Micheaux, Birth of a Nation by D.W. ... More


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