Week 10. “Writing History with Lightning”: Birth of a Nation and Silent Film
Week 10. Radio
- Early African American Film Interactive Website: Reconstructing the History of Silent Race Films, 1909-1930
- *Ross, Steven J., “Struggles for the Screen: Workers, Radicals, and the Political Uses of Silent Film,” American Historical Review 2 (1991): 333-367.
- “Griffith’s Interracial Kiss” (AAIHS)
- Susan A. Glenn, Female Spectacle: The Theatrical Roots of Modern Feminism (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2002). Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0674009905, 336 .
- *Radio Drama: Welles, Orson, War of the Worlds (1938)
*Radio Drama: Welles, Orson, War of the Worlds (1938).
Required Listening for Thursday
This is a Carter Family playlist with both audio recordings and film clips spanning their eighty year history in American folk, gospel, and country music. I encourage you to play around and see how many songs you recognize.
This is a radio recording of the Grand Ole Opry radio show featuring artists like Hank Williams. There is a significant amount of Grand Ole Opry footage from the television show available online that I would encourage you to browse. The show uses an interesting combination of minstrel songs, folk classics, new pop songs, and variety show comedy breaks.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the queen of the gospel circuit, was one of the first musicians to integrate electric guitar into the genre.
Additional Recommended Listening
For radio history, check out “Calling All Cars”