Our Gang: A Racial History of the Little Rascals
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About the Author
Julia Lee, assistant professor of English at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is author of The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel. She was named a 2014 Emerging Scholar by the magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
"Thoroughly engaging, Our Gang makes historically and politically clear the discriminations of the Jim Crow south and the ways the series softened, and in many cases contradicted, the virulent studio and audience racism of the day."--Ed Guerrero, New York University
"Like the series it traces, Julia Lee's book is a gem."--Henry Louis Gates Jr.
"A wonderfully inviting study."--Publishers Weekly
"[An] agile and insightful cultural history."--The Atlantic
"Julia Lee gives a degree of depth and context to these four talented performers and their work in Our Gang: A Racial History of the Little Rascals. By foregrounding the stories of the black actors in the series, she uncovers how black America's attitude towards its representation by Hollywood evolved throughout the 20th Century."--PopMatters.com
"Our Gang is not one of those academically written film books clogged with jargon, but a fully fleshed-out and colorful pop-culture history: of Hal Roach, of the Roach Studios lot and both early Hollywood and L.A. culture."--LA Weekly
"An engaging new book."--Pasatiempo/Santa Fe New Mexican
"An impressive study of how the US's racial history reverberated in the series and how it became an integral part of American history."--CHOICE
"An excellent work of scholarship on an important part of America's twentieth-century popular culture."--Studies in American Humor
"The book provides an insightful and coherent resource for students and scholars, as well as general readers, who are interested in film history, American media, and cultural studies."--The Journal of African American History