Black male frames : African Americans in a century of Hollywood cinema, 1903-2003

Williams, Roland Leander, author

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  • Creator Roland Leander Williams Jr
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2015.
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  • Physical Details
    • xvii, 200 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 0815633823, 9780815633822
  • OCLC ocn878299525


  • "Charts the development and shifting popularity of two stereotypes of black masculinity in popular American film? "the shaman" and "the scoundrel." Starting with colonial times, Williams identifies the origins of these roles in an America where black men were forced either to defy or to defer to their white masters. These figures recur in the stories America tells about its black men, from the fictional Jim Crow and Zip Coon to historical figures such as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois."


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-186) and index.


  • Original frames -- New Negro -- Renaissance man -- Civil servant -- Soul brother -- Good byddy -- Curtain call
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