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Black Culture and the New DealThe Quest for Civil Rights in the Roosevelt Era$
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Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833124

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807899243_sklaroff

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Constructing G. I. Joe Louis

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(p.123) Chapter Four Constructing G. I. Joe Louis
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Black Culture and the New Deal
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Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807899243_sklaroff.8

This chapter argues that the war initiated new forms of government-sponsored culture on radio and film, which made program administrators much more wary of the kinds of projects they would develop. Congressional hostility towards the Federal Writers' Project and the Federal Theatre Project had proven how highly contentious and politically controversial images, sounds, and written representations could be. State officials understood that they would have to confront an explosive set of racial tensions while gingerly balancing competing political and social interests; therefore, they treaded much more carefully in the construction of cultural programs. Articulating the precariousness of the situation, the OWI's racial adviser, Milton Starr, declared, “the pure principles of democracy are far from fulfillment in the life of the American Negro.”

Keywords:   government-sponsored culture, radio, film, congressional hostility, Federal Writers' Project, Federal Theatre Project

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