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James Agee, Omnibus, and Mr. Lincoln : the culture of liberalism and the challenge of television, 1952-1953

Author: William C Hughes
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2004.
Series: Studies and documentation in the history of popular entertainment, no. 7.
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"In 1952, CBS, in conjunction with the Ford Foundation, launched Omnibus, a remarkable experiment in television. The objective was to raise the programming standards of an emerging medium that would profoundly influence American life. The centerpiece of Omnibus during its inaugural season was "Mr. Lincoln," a series of five films created by James Agee, the distinguished American author, about the early life of our
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Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; James Agee; James Agee
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William C Hughes
ISBN: 081085175X 9780810851757
OCLC Number: 54931558
Description: xiv, 169 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Ideological context : James Agee and Cold War liberalism --
Institutional context : the Ford Foundation and Omnibus --
Words and images : "Mr. Lincoln" from conception to reception.
Series Title: Studies and documentation in the history of popular entertainment, no. 7.
Responsibility: William Hughes.
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When Agee agreed to write a five-part script for the infant television industry's series Omnibus, he had to work within his own and his society's ideological and institutional conflicts.  Read more...

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An interesting and historical account of early US television, this volume brings back one of the era's excellent programs and one of the finest treatments of Lincoln ever aired - a television Read more...

 
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