Description : "[These volumes] are endlessly absorbing as an excursion into cultural history and national memory."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. "[These volumes] are endlessly absorbing as an excursion into cultural history and national memory."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
Description : ‘Augusta could not find the words to express her frustration with the banality and pettiness of this Gilded Age. This so called progressive age of invention, where her freedom to travel was curtailed and she and her like were chaperoned intensely from dawn to dusk according to a quixotic code of honour.’ The story is indebted to Jane Austen’s Persuasion and explores love and loss in a small black community in Brooklyn, New York during the 1900s. At age nineteen, Augusta Mae Johnson fell deeply in love with a handsome young jazz pianist Paul Wentworth. However, the Southern gentleman had neither fortune nor connections to recommend him, and Augusta was persuaded to break off their engagement by her aunt. What happens when they meet again eight years later when Mr Wentworth returns from Paris, a rich and celebrated musician? Set in the 1900s in the closed world of the black bourgeoisie in Brooklyn, New York, Within Our Gates tells the love story of two people set apart by class and money. A study of the lives and loves of three sisters, Within Our Gates is a satire of vanity, pretension and colour prejudice, revealing the clash between the generations as love in the community is hidden, lost, misunderstood, revealed and rekindled in the face of overwhelming odds and adversity.
Description : The English language already challenges enough Americans. Why do we still hear TV commentators say "to I" or "he should have went"? So watch my three Asian scientists try to make sense of the English language in my ESL classes. Learn to appreciate their cultures how similar to ours and how different. Listen to them respond to the Christian religion. Hear them discuss politics at our pizza parties. Go with them to the movies Martin Luther and The Passion of Christ and see how they react. Get inside their contrasting personalities and laugh, if you want, at my own peculiar one. Feel my pinch of sadness when our ESL course disintegrated and we said our farewells. Far from being carbon copies of each other, these three distinct personalities might make you smile or sigh or even be surprised.
Description : Bachelor Thesis from the year 2017 in the subject Communications - Movies and Television, grade: 1.0, Humboldt-University of Berlin (Anglistik), language: English, abstract: Die vorliegende Bachelorarbeit arbeitet heraus, wie der Filmproduzent und Regisseur Oscar Micheaux in dem 1920 fertiggestellten Stummfilm Within Our Gates Bilder des "New Negro" zeichnete. Er entwarf eine Gegendarstellung zu der bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt vornehmlich negativen und stereotypen Darstellung von Afroamerikanern in den von Hollywood Studios produzierten Filmen. Aufbauend auf Forschungsergebnissen von Filmhistorikern wie Jane Gaines, Ronald Green, Pearl Bowser und anderen wird der Film in seinem geschichtlichen Kontext dargestellt. Die Story, die Hauptcharaktere sowie die von Micheaux eingesetzten Filmtechniken wurden untersucht. Für die Analyse wurden von der Autorin vier exemplarische Szenen des Films ausgewählt und aufbauend auf bereits vorhandenen Forschungsergebnissen mit den Kriterien der Filmanaylse betrachtet. Als zusammenfassendes Ergebnis ist festzustellen, dass es Oscar Micheaux gelungen ist, durch Nutzung verschiedenster Filmtechniken wie u.a. ein sorgfältiges Setdesign seine Vision auf der Kinoleinwand darzustellen und ein vielschichtiges Bild des "New Negro" zu zeichnen. In seinem Film Within Our Gates korrigiert er die Darstellung von Lynchmord und Vergewaltigung - die in Hollywood Filmen ausschließlich von Afroamerikanern begangen wurden - in dem er eindeutig die Weißen als Schuldige darstellt, welche sich an den ehemaligen Sklaven vergehen.
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Description : Between 1880 and 1930, thousands of African Americans were lynched in the United States. Beyond the horrific violence inflicted on these individuals, lynching terrorized whole communities and became a defining characteristic of Southern race relations in the Jim Crow era. As spectacle, lynching was intended to serve as a symbol of white supremacy. Yet, Jonathan Markovitz notes, the act's symbolic power has endured long after the practice of lynching has largely faded away.Legacies of Lynching examines the evolution of lynching as a symbol of racial hatred and a metaphor for race relations in popular culture, art, literature, and political speech. Markovitz credits the efforts of the antilynching movement with helping to ensure that lynching would be understood not as a method of punishment for black rapists but as a terrorist practice that provided stark evidence of the brutality of Southern racism and as America's most vivid symbol of racial oppression. Cinematic representations of lynching, from Birth of a Nation to Do the Right Thing, he contends, further transform the ways that American audiences remember and understand lynching, as have disturbing recent cases in which alleged or actual acts of racial violence reconfigured stereotypes of black criminality. Markovitz further reveals how lynching imagery has been politicized in contemporary society with the example of Clarence Thomas, who condemned the Senate's investigation into allegations of sexual harassment during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings as a "high-tech lynching."Even today, as revealed by the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas, and the national soul-searching it precipitated, lynching continues to pervade America's collective memory. Markovitz concludes with an analysis of debates about a recent exhibition of photographs of lynchings, suggesting again how lynching as metaphor remains always in the background of our national discussions of race and racial relations.Jonathan Markovitz is a lecturer in sociology at the University of California, San Diego.
Description : An exploration of how immigration has shaped Canadian identity, and how modern debates are reshaping our national character. In this history of immigration to Canada, Valerie Knowles explores the kinds of immigrants who have settled in Canada as well as the immigration policies, policymakers, and public figures who have played a part in the story.