Thursday, September 14, 2006

Silent Films

Via Political Theory Daily Review -- a marvelous blog, by the way -- here is a link to an article with a set of fascinating video clips:
The African-American past is an iceberg, still 90 percent submerged. Because so much material remains in family hands or lies piled in the unvisited attics and basements of libraries, newspapers, and even police stations, rich discoveries await. Currie Ballard, a historian in Oklahoma, has just made what he calls “the find of a lifetime” — 33 cans of motion picture film dating from the 1920s that reveal the daily lives of some remarkably successful black communities.


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