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Promises of CitizenshipFilm Recruitment of African Americans in World War II$
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Kathleen M. German

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496812353

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496812353.001.0001

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The Negro Soldier as Conversion Narrative

The Negro Soldier as Conversion Narrative

(p.65) Chapter Four The Negro Soldier as Conversion Narrative
Promises of Citizenship

Kathleen M. German

University Press of Mississippi

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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