African Americans in cinema the first half century.

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Traces the history of African Americans in film and black films from 1894 to 1950. Includes film clips and related materials.

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ContributionsUniversity of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign campus). Press.
LC ClassificationsPN1995.9.N4
The Physical Object
FormatElectronic resource
Pagination1 CD-ROM
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL19231776M
ISBN 100252028929
LC Control Number2003044102

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