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Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze BuckaroosConceptions of the African American West$
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Michael K. Johnson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039287

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039287.001.0001

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Oscar Micheaux, The Exile, and the Black Western Race Film

Oscar Micheaux, The Exile, and the Black Western Race Film

(p.127) 5 Oscar Micheaux, The Exile, and the Black Western Race Film
Hoo-Doo Cowboys and Bronze Buckaroos

Michael K. Johnson

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter traces a group of conventions common to “race film” westerns from their origins in Oscar Micheaux’s films set in South Dakota—his silent era The Homesteader and The Symbol of the Unconquered and his sound era film The Exile—to their evolution in later race films of the 1930s and 1940s.Whereas Micheaux’s silent films are indeed frontier stories of conquest and homesteading, the narrative emphasis in later race films (including Micheaux’s The Exile) shifts from the West to the East, from frontier to city. The Exile represents East and West not in opposition but as alternate frontier spaces, each one offering opportunity for the entrepreneur. The vision of the frontier as an abstract representation of black freedom and opportunity provides a model for later race movies such as Two-Gun Man From Harlem which similarly imagine both the rural West and the urban East as appealing frontier spaces.

Keywords:   Oscar Micheaux, Race Film, Frontier, Silent Film, Western

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