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By Jacqueline Najuma Stewart

The upward thrust of cinema because the main American leisure round the flip of the final century coincided with the migration of thousands of African american citizens from the South to the city "land of wish" within the North. This richly illustrated publication, discussing many early movies and illuminating black city existence during this interval, is the 1st precise examine the varied early relationships among African americans and cinema. It investigates African American migrations onto the reveal, into the viewers, and in the back of the digital camera, exhibiting that African American city populations and cinema formed one another in strong ways.

Focusing on Black movie tradition in Chicago through the silent period, Migrating to the flicks begins with the earliest cinematic representations of African american citizens and concludes with the silent movies of Oscar Micheaux and different early "race movies" made for Black audiences, discussing many of the outstanding ways that African american citizens staked their declare in cinema's improvement as an paintings and a cultural institution.

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