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Lynching and SpectacleWitnessing Racial Violence in America, 1890-1940$
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Amy Louise Wood

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832547

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878118_wood

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Bring Home to America What Mob Violence Really Means

Bring Home to America What Mob Violence Really Means

Hollywood's Spectacular Indictment

(p.223) 7 Bring Home to America What Mob Violence Really Means
Lynching and Spectacle

Amy Louise Wood

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the White House screening for the MGM film Fury, which was arranged by executive secretary Walter White. White had just previewed the film, a sensational dramatization of a near lynching, and had written to the studio to thank it enthusiastically for the “superb effectiveness” of the film. “More than I have ever seen it done before has the medium of the moving picture been used to bring home to America what mob violence really means,” he cheered, adding that the film deserved “as wide acclaim as possible.” The following day, White wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, enclosing a synopsis of the film and asking her to view the film herself.

Keywords:   White House screening, MGM film, Fury, executive secretary, Walter White, Eleanor Roosevelt

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