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1. Mitchell, Amber N. Playing patsy: film as public history and the image of enslaved African American women in post-civil rights era cinema.

Degree: 2017, IUPUI

Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

The goal of this thesis is to understand the relationship between the evolving representations of African American women in post-Civil Rights era films about the Transatlantic slave trade; the portraits these images present of black women and their history; and how these films approach the issues of difficult heritage and re-presenting atrocity in entertainment. Film shapes the ways in which we understand the past, leaving a lifelong impression about historical events and the groups involved. By analyzing the stories, directorial processes, and the public responses to four films of 20th and 21st centuries focused on the controversial historical topic of American chattel slavery and its representation of the most underrepresented and misunderstood victims of the Peculiar Institution, this work will argue that, when supplemented with historiography and criticism rooted in historical thinking, cinematic depictions of the past make history more accessible to the public and serve as a form of public memory, shaping the way the public thinks about our collective past.

Advisors/Committee Members: Haberski, Raymond J..

Subjects/Keywords: public history; black feminist theory; film history; cinema; representation; african american women; American Chattel Slavery; Quentin Tarantino; Hallie Gerima; Steve McQueen; Oprah Winfrey

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APA (6th Edition):

Mitchell, A. N. (2017). Playing patsy: film as public history and the image of enslaved African American women in post-civil rights era cinema. (Thesis). IUPUI. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1805/15327

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Mitchell, Amber N. “Playing patsy: film as public history and the image of enslaved African American women in post-civil rights era cinema.” 2017. Thesis, IUPUI. Accessed November 18, 2019. http://hdl.handle.net/1805/15327.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Mitchell, Amber N. “Playing patsy: film as public history and the image of enslaved African American women in post-civil rights era cinema.” 2017. Web. 18 Nov 2019.

Vancouver:

Mitchell AN. Playing patsy: film as public history and the image of enslaved African American women in post-civil rights era cinema. [Internet] [Thesis]. IUPUI; 2017. [cited 2019 Nov 18]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/15327.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Mitchell AN. Playing patsy: film as public history and the image of enslaved African American women in post-civil rights era cinema. [Thesis]. IUPUI; 2017. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/15327

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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