By Eric Foner
From one in every of our so much exclusive historians comes a groundbreaking new exam of the myths and realities of the interval after the Civil War.
Drawing on a variety of long-neglected records, Eric Foner areas a brand new emphasis on black studies and roles through the period. We see African american citizens as lively brokers in overthrowing slavery, in shaping Reconstruction, and making a legacy lengthy obscured and misunderstood. He compellingly refutes long-standing misconceptions of Reconstruction, and indicates how the disasters of the time sowed the seeds of the Civil Rights struggles of the Nineteen Fifties and 60s. Richly illustrated and movingly written, this can be an illuminating and crucial addition to our figuring out of this momentous period.
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35 Some films are black comedies and must be understood according to that form. Other films are dramas to be taken seriously while still others try to make us laugh by being deliberately juvenile. Yet other films try to shock or provoke us with new and unexpected ideas. Analyzing a movie's literary design is a good place to start when analyzing a film, but one should not ignore the four other axes of film form and how they contribute to a film's meaning. Another broad aspect of film form has been labeled mise-en-scène, a French term for what goes into each individual shot (or uninterrupted run of film).
And since notions of success and happiness are intricately tied to income level in contemporary US culture, one can see that working-class people hold less power than middle-class people (and that middle-class people in turn hold less power than do people of the upper classes). One need merely glance at the demographic makeup of Congress or the boardrooms of most major American corporations to see that wealthy heterosexual white men dominate these positions of power. American films over the past century also disproportionately focus on stories of strong and stalwart heterosexual white men finding happiness and success.
Consequently, the white man's version of “how the West was won” has been filmed and televised literally thousands of times, while Native Americans have had very little chance to present their viewpoint of that era on film or video. The culture of any marginalized or minority group is often labeled a subculture. Subcultures can have their effect on the dominant culture by contributing to the active hegemonic negotiation of dominant ideology, but usually this only happens to the extent that a subculture's concerns can be adapted to the needs of the dominant ruling interests.