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The Negro Soldier as Conversion Narrative

The Negro Soldier as Conversion Narrative

Chapter:
(p.65) Chapter Four The Negro Soldier as Conversion Narrative
Source:
Promises of Citizenship
Author(s):
Kathleen M. German
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496812353.003.0005

The Negro Soldier was produced and distributed in 1943 by the Signal Corps to generate African American support for the war. It was highly successful in unifying both black and white Americans in the common cause of victory. This chapter examines the film itself, the central narrative strategy of conversion it invoked, and the impact of the film on its immediate audiences.

Keywords:   Conversion narrative, The Negro Soldier, Carlton Moss, Signal Corps, Joseph Campbell

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