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Hollywood's Cold War$
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Tony Shaw

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625239

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625239.001.0001

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Turning a negative into a positive

Turning a negative into a positive

(p.167) Chapter 6 Turning a negative into a positive
Hollywood's Cold War

Tony Shaw

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter demonstrates how American domestic affairs could influence the nation's Cold War policies and image overseas. It emphasises the subtle skills that Washington used to develop cinematic counter-propaganda during the Cold War. Nine from Little Rock confined US government efforts to manage foreigners' perceptions of the race issue during the Cold War. When it came to the presentation of the ‘Negro problem’ on the big screen, there was plenty of room for official agencies to correct impressions, fill gaps or engage explicitly with communist accusations of racism. George Stevens, Jr. persuaded the most capable of America's young producers into making films for the United States Information Agency (USIA). Nine from Little Rock revealed America to be an economically mature and technologically exciting country. It set the high watermark of the USIA Motion Picture Service's attempts to foster a positive image of American race relations during the Cold War.

Keywords:   American domestic affairs, Cold War, Washington, Nine from Little Rock, US government, Negro problem, racism, George Stevens, United States Information Agency

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