Item Details

Black on White [electronic resource]

MacNeil/Lehrer Productions
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Gullah-the African-influenced dialect of Georgia's Sea Islands-has undergone few changes since the first slave ships landed 300 years ago, and provides a clear window into the shaping of African-American English. This classic PBS program traces that story from the west coast of Africa through the American South, then to large northern cities in the 1920s. Studying the origins of West African pidgin English and creole speech-along with the tendency of 19th-century white Southerners to pick up speech habits from their black nursemaids-the program highlights the impact of WWI-era industrialization and the migration of jazz musicians to New York and Chicago.
Release Date
2007
Run Time
59 min.
Language
Closed-captioned
Rating
12 & up
Notes
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 17, 2007.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
Story of English (Television program)
Series
The Story of English
Contents
  • African Origins of Black American English (3:44)
  • Gullah Language (5:01)
  • Pidgin English in Africa (4:01)
  • African Creole (4:46)
  • Plantation Creole (5:38)
  • Black Influence on Southern Speech (5:25)
  • Gullah, Jive, and Jazz (6:13)
  • Harlem Jazz (3:52)
  • Poetry and Speeches About the Black Condition (4:05)
  • Black English vs. Standardized English (4:32)
  • Street English and Language Change (3:47)
  • Street Rappers and Black English (2:58)
Published
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2007], c1986.
Publisher no.
  • 36922s Films Media Group
  • 36927 Films Media Group
Access Restriction
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
Description
1 streaming video file (59 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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