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Book Review

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Spring 2001


Most scholars have acknowledged the importance of the media- especially television-to the African American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. No one before Barbara Dianne Savage, however, had examined the role that radio played in the early years of the civil rights struggle. Broadcasting Freedom argues that the debates about race on the radio in the late 1930s and 1940s put in place the "ideological framing" for the later civil rights movement. Throughout the decade scrutinized by this book, African Americans tried to gain access to the national networks for programs about black history and the need for racial equality. Savage's analysis of the content of the few programs produced by African Americans and their allies demonstrates that important changes occurred in U.S. racial ideologies in the 1940s. These changes laid the foundation for the successes of later civil rights activists.

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Florida Historical Quarterly



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