Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Art for EqualityThe NAACPs Cultural Campaign for Civil Rights$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jenny Woodley

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813145167

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813145167.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM KENTUCKY SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.kentucky.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The University Press of Kentucky, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in KSO for personal use.date: 28 June 2022

White in Hollywood

White in Hollywood

(p.127) 5 White in Hollywood
Art for Equality

Jenny Woodley

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter investigates Walter White's attempts to convince the film industry to change its depiction of African Americans. In the 1940s White went to Hollywood to put pressure on the studio moguls. He wanted black people to appear in films as they did in real life; for White this meant more middle-class, respectable black characters. White was helped, to a certain extent, by the outbreak of the Second World War and by the government's efforts to improve black morale through film, as well as by the liberal conscience of some Hollywood insiders. There was some cause for optimism when African Americans appeared in war films. However, many of the old racial stereotypes remained, and this chapter argues that the strategy, driven in large part by White's ego and his desire to mingle with the rich and famous, in many ways reflected African Americans’ continued lack of economic and political power.

Keywords:   Hollywood, Second World War, Racial stereotypes, Walter White

Kentucky Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .