product description page

Militant Visions : Black Soldiers, Internationalism, and the Transformation of American Cinema

shipping to 94043 only 1 left
get it by Thu, May 3 with standard shipping.
free order pickup not available
not sold at Manhattan Herald Square

about this item

When asked to name the first “militant” Black characters in film, we might imagine Blaxploitation heroes like Sweetback or Shaft. Yet, as this groundbreaking new book shows, there was a much earlier cycle of films featuring militant Black men—many of which were sponsored by the U.S. government. 
Militant Visions examines how, from the 1940s to the 1970s, the cinematic figure of the black soldier helped change the ways American moviegoers saw black men, for the first time presenting African Americans as vital and integrated members of the nation. Elizabeth Reich traces the figure across a wide variety of movie genres, from action blockbusters likeBataan to patriotic musicals like Stormy Weather. In the process, she reveals how the image of the proud and powerful African American serviceman was crafted by an unexpected alliance of government propagandists, civil rights activists, and Black filmmakers.   
Offering a nuanced reading of a figure that was simultaneously conservative and radical, Reich considers how the cinematic Black soldier lent a human face to ongoing debates about racial integration, Black internationalism, and American militarism. She reads the Black soldier in film as inherently transnational, shaped by the displacements of diaspora, Third World revolutionary philosophy, and a legacy of Black artistry and performance.Militant Visions thus not only presents a new history of how American cinema represented race, it also demonstrates how film images helped to make history, shaping the progress of the civil rights movement itself.

more to consider

  • Black Calhouns : From Civil War to Civil Rights With One African American Family (Reprint) (Paperback)


  • Black Calhouns : From Civil War to Civil Rights With One African American Family (Hardcover) (Gail Lumet


  • Lost Eleven : The Forgotten Story of Black American Soldiers Brutally Massacred in World War II (MP3-CD)


  • African American Pastor Before and After the American Civil War : The Literary Archive of Henry Mcneal


  • Race Still Matters : The Reality of African American Lives and the Myth of Postracial Society



  • SheaMoisture® Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture-Seal Shampoo - 13 fl oz


  • 2018 TF Publishing Desk Calendar

  • Employment Discrimination (Paperback) (Joel Wm. Friedman)


  • Thousands : Poems (Paperback) (Lightsey Darst)


  • Love Print Throw Pillow Collection - Surya

    $25.49 - $33.99

from the manufacturer

guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.