Movie Dreams and Movie Injustices: A Black High-School Student Tells What 1920s Movies Meant to Him
Fears about the impact of movies on youth led to the Payne Fund research project, which brought together nineteen social scientists and resulted in eleven published reports. One of the most fascinating of the studies was called Movies and Conduct (1933), in which more than fifteen hundred high school student wrote "autobiographies" of their experiences going to the movies. This seventeen-year-old African American uses his motion picture autobiography to describe how films not only led to dreams of fast cars but also made him "feel the injustice done the Negro race."
9, 10, 11, 12, Higher education
Human Behavior, Technology And Civilization, United States History, Film
History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web