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Broadcasting freedom : radio, war, and the politics of race, 1938-1948

by Savage, Barbara Dianne.

Format: Print Book 1999
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E185.61.S32 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  E185.61.S32 1999
The World War II era represented the golden age of radio as a broadcast medium in the United States; it also witnessed a rise in African American activism against racial segregation and discrimination, especially as they were practiced by the federal government itself. In Broadcasting Freedom , Barbara Savage links these cultural and political forces by showing how African American activists, public officials, intellectuals, and artists sought to access and use radio to influence a national debate about racial inequality.

Drawing on a rich and previously unexamined body of national public affairs programming about African Americans and race relations, Savage uses these radio shows to demonstrate the emergence of a new national discourse about race and ethnicity, racial hatred and injustice, and the contributions of racial and immigrant populations to the development of the United States. These programs, she says, challenged the nation to reconcile its professed egalitarian ideals with its unjust treatment of black Americans and other minorities.

This examination of radio's treatment of race as a national political issue also provides important evidence that the campaigns for racial justice in the 1940s served as an essential, and still overlooked, precursor to the civil rights campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s, Savage argues. The next battleground would be in the South--and on television.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Savage, a University of Pennsylvania history professor, draws on largely unexplored material in tracing the efforts of African Americans between 1938 and 1950 to use radio to contradict stereotypes and develop a more inclusive history of the U.S. Part 1, "Federal Constructions of `the Negro,'" covers federal radio projects in the late 1930s and the early 1940s as well as efforts to win support from the Office of War Information. Part 2, "Airing the Race Question," addresses programs on network radio, including those developed by the National Urban League, African American involvement in network discussion programs, and notable local series--"New World A'Comin'" in New York and "Destination Freedom" in Chicago. An involving story, heavily documented; appropriate for larger media studies collections. --Mary Carroll"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture.
Subjects African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans in radio broadcasting -- History -- 20th century.
Radio broadcasting -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Radio programs -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States.
United States -- Race relations.
Publisher Chapel Hill :University of North Carolina Press,1999
Language English
Description xiii, 391 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [357]-375) and index.
ISBN 0807824771
0807848042 (pbk.)
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