Gerald R. Butters, Jr., is assistant professor of history at Aurora University whose articles have appeared in Literature/Film Quarterly and the Journal of Multimedia History.
A defining work that fills in significant gaps in our knowledge of early African American cinema and its critical discourse. Ed Guerrero, Author Of Framing Blackness: The African American Image In Film; ""Butters's analysis of a large body of important films that are rarely discussed is a significant contribution to the field of film studies."" J. Ronald Green, Author Of Straight Lick: The Cinema Of Oscar Micheaux; ""A meticulously researched work that contributes to our understanding of a vastly underrepresented area in film studies."" Paula J. Massood, Author Of Black City Cinema: African American Urban Experiences In Film; ""Performs an invaluable service to early American film studies and the overall study of gender and race in popular entertainment."" Mark A. Reid, Author Of Redefining Black Film