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Our gang : a racial history of The little rascals

Author: Julia Sun-Joo Lee; Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"It was the age of Jim Crow, riddled with racial violence and unrest. But in the world of Our Gang, black and white children happily played and made mischief together. They even had their own black and white version of the KKK, the Cluck Cluck Klams--and the public loved it. The story of race and Our Gang, or The Little Rascals, is rife with the contradictions and aspirations of the sharply conflicted, changing  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comedy films
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Julia Sun-Joo Lee; Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
ISBN: 9780816698219 081669821X 9780816698226 0816698228
OCLC Number: 919202209
Description: xxi, 337 pages, 25 pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Foreword / Henry Louis Gates, Jr. --
Introduction: All of us --
The eternal boy --
A boy and his gang --
100 percent American --
Sambo's awakening --
Everyman --
The new Negro --
Movie-made children --
The good soldier --
The Little Rascals --
The good old days --
Epilogue: Coming home.
Responsibility: Julia Lee ; foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

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"It was the age of Jim Crow, riddled with racial violence and unrest. But in the world of Our Gang, black and white children happily played and made mischief together. They even had their own black and white version of the KKK, the Cluck Cluck Klams--and the public loved it. The story of race and Our Gang, or The Little Rascals, is rife with the contradictions and aspirations of the sharply conflicted, changing American society that was its theater. Exposing these connections for the first time, Julia Lee shows us how much this series, from the first silent shorts in 1922 to its television revival in the 1950s, reveals about black and white American culture--on either side of the silver screen. Behind the scenes, we find unconventional men like Hal Roach and his gag writers, whose Rascals tapped into powerful American myths about race and childhood. We meet the four black stars of the series--Ernie "Sunshine Sammy" Morrison, Allen "Farina" Hoskins, Matthew "Stymie" Beard, and Billie "Buckwheat" Thomas--the gang within the Gang, whose personal histories Lee pursues through the passing years and shifting political landscape. In their checkered lives, and in the tumultuous life of the series, we discover an unexplored story of America, the messy, multiracial nation that found in Our Gang a comic avatar, a slapstick version of democracy itself."--

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"Thoroughly engaging, Our Gang makes historically and politically clear the discriminations of the Jim Crow south and the ways the series softened, and in many cases contradicted, the virulent studio Read more...

 
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