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Black American Gothic [electronic resource]: Planting Urban Roots in Iowa

by Carla Wilson
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Independent filmmaker Carla Wilson documents the exodus of black people from the inner-city, tracking folks from Chicago as they migrate west to small-town Iowa City, where they struggle to establish roots. Echoing the early 20th-century Great Migration of blacks from southern states to the Northeast and Midwest, this new migration is also about family-friendly housing, jobs, and the search for a better life. Iowa City is a self-identified peaceful community now facing new challenges: supposedly safe havens from urban life are increasingly attractive to the urban underclass, and as a consequence, these communities are compelled to redefine themselves in terms of race, class, and the urban/rural divide. Moving between narrated experience and social scientific data, local and the national scenes, history and immediacy, the documentary profiles a region in transition, providing public administrators, teachers, and private citizens new narratives for self-understanding and action.
Director
Carla Wilson
Release Date
2013
Run Time
29 min.
Language
This edition in English
Notes
Title from resource description page (viewed March 28, 2014).
Series
Black Studies in Video
Published
Irvine, CA : Filmakers Library, 2013.
Access Restriction
Access restricted to subscribers.
Description
1 online resource (29 min.).
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