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La storia della questione razziale nel cinema dell’epoca di Obama
Autori/Curatori: Stefano Luconi 
Anno di pubblicazione:  2017 Fascicolo: 102  Lingua: Italiano 
Numero pagine:  19 P. 125-143 Dimensione file:  149 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PASS2017-102007
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This article examines the representation of both the fight against slavery and the black freedom struggle in selected U.S. movies produced during the Obama administration. Specifically, it assesses to what an extent such films took recent scholarly findings into account. It concludes that, while grassroots mobilization and female activism are sometimes acknowledged, the narratives tend to stress the centrality of the contribution by institutions and white men to African Americans’ achievements.
Keywords: Schiavitù, Movimento per i diritti civili, Cinema statunitense, Barack Obama

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Stefano Luconi, in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 102/2017, pp. 125-143, DOI:10.3280/PASS2017-102007


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