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The Hollywood Jim Crow: The Racial Politics of the Movie Industry

Maryann Erigha


The Jim Crow era of outright racism seemingly ended decades ago, yet the major American film industry—Hollywood—is waist deep in racial politics. Jim Crow Hollywood shows how Hollywood insiders consider race when making decisions about moviemaking. Movies by and about white Americans are said to be worthy investments, while movies by and about Black Americans are said to be risky investments. This way of thinking has profound effects on the way movies and people move through the Hollywood system—shaping their production budgets, determining who directs lucrative tent pole blockbuster franchise ... More

Keywords: Hollywood, Jim Crow, directors, film, race, inequality, culture, economic, movies, racial politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479886647
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479886647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maryann Erigha, author
University of Georgia