Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot

@inproceedings{Rogin1996BlackfaceWN,
  title={Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot},
  author={Michael Paul Rogin},
  year={1996}
}
The tangled connections that have bound Jews to African Americans in popular culture and liberal politics are at the heart of Michael Rogin's arresting and unnerving new book. Looking at films from "Birth of a Nation" to "Forrest Gump", Rogin explores blackface in Hollywood films as an aperture to broader issues: the nature of "white" identity in America, the role of race in transforming immigrants into "Americans", and the social importance of popular culture. From their very beginnings, Rogin… 
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