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Battling the Plantation MentalityMemphis and the Black Freedom Struggle$
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Laurie B. Green

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780807831069

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807888872_green

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Our Mental Liberties: Banned Movies, Black-Appeal Radio, and the Struggle for a New Public Sphere

Our Mental Liberties: Banned Movies, Black-Appeal Radio, and the Struggle for a New Public Sphere

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Battling the Plantation Mentality
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Laurie B. Green

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807888872_green.8

This chapter examines how postwar consumption of mass culture, especially movies and radio, became a locus of racial struggle in Memphis during the 1940s. It considers how the city's board of censors tried to impose on the silver screen a racial imaginary harking back to slavery and how African Americans turned to black-appeal radio as a new public sphere to challenge racist stereotypes. The chapter discusses moviegoing as a central feature in the lives of black Memphians, especially young people, in the years following World War II. It also explores the issue of race in movie censorship before and after the war.

Keywords:   mass culture, movies, Memphis, African Americans, black-appeal radio, moviegoing, young people, race, censorship

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