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TELEVISION, HISTORY, AND U.S. SOCIAL MOVEMENTS. Television and History  Television as eyewitness  Television as chronicler  Television as historian.

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1 TELEVISION, HISTORY, AND U.S. SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

2 Television and History  Television as eyewitness  Television as chronicler  Television as historian  Television as societal mirror  Television as target

3 Television as Eyewitness

4 Civil rights and newscasts  Sympathy for integrationists  White segregationists as “Other,” deviant  White southern moderate  Leaders of civil rights organizations, especially MLK  Worthy African American subjects  Emphasis on interracial composition of movement

5 Civil rights and newscasts: omissions  African American activists  Heterogeneity of movement  Equivalent mourning for African American victims

6 Television and History  Television as eyewitness  Television as chronicler  Television as historian  Television as societal mirror  Television as target

7 Television as Historian

8 Television as “Prosthetic Memory” (Alison Landsberg)  Not natural  Worn on body  Interchangeable, diverse  Useful

9 Television as Historian

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13 Television and History  Television as eyewitness  Television as chronicler  Television as historian  Television as societal mirror  Television as target

14 Television as Societal Mirror

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21 Television and History  Television as eyewitness  Television as chronicler  Television as historian  Television as societal mirror  Television as target

22 T.H. Marshall, Citizenship and Social Class  Civil rights  Political rights  Social Rights

23 Amos ‘n’ Andy Television as Target

24 Amos ‘n’ Andy

25 WLBT-TV, Jackson, Miss. Television as Target

26 WLBT, United Church of Christ v. FCC  History of discriminatory programming practices  Everett Parker, RLT Smith, Aaron Henry  United Church of Christ v. FCC (1966)  Standing, “representative” and “responsible”

27 Kerner Report Television as Target

28 Latinas/os and Spanish Language TV Television as Target

29 Latinas/os and Television  English language efforts  Spanish language efforts


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