Black hands and white hearts: Italian immigrants as ‘urban racial types’ in early American film culture

@article{Bertellini2004BlackHA,
  title={Black hands and white hearts: Italian immigrants as ‘urban racial types’ in early American film culture},
  author={Giorgio Bertellini},
  journal={Urban History},
  year={2004},
  volume={31},
  pages={375 - 399}
}
Through the concept of ‘character’ or ‘urban racial type’, traversing literature, science and metropolitan life, Bertellini reconsiders early American cinema's colour-based biracialism epitomized by D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915). In the New York-based film industry race also emerged from the city's dense intermingling of ‘white ethnics’ and broader shifts in epistemological emphasis – from inheritance to the environment. If Italian immigrants were racialized as innately violent… 

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