The Power of the Mass Media: Reconsidering Civil Rights and Antipoverty Movements after World War II

Lecture Description

It is not surprising that reporters, filmmakers, television producers, radio deejays and documentary photographers would all cover incidents of the Civil Rights Movement. What may be less known is that in many cases, the mass media became central to the history itself, whether in attracting and shaping public attention, or provoking controversy through its own productions. After World War II, censorship boards in the South banned movies with Blacks outside servant roles, while radio producers initiated Black-appeal programming. In the 1960s, documentary television producers and photographers found themselves either celebrated or under assault for their images of racial injustice and poverty. This lecture offers both an overview of these issues and key examples of controversy involving specific media formats.


Civil Rights Mass Communications

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