Table of contents for Playing the race card : melodramas of black and white from Uncle Tom to O.J. Simpson / Linda Williams.


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Counter Illustrations ix
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction: Playing the Race Card 3
Chapter One: The American Melodramatic Mode 10
Chapter Two: ''A Wonderful, 'Leaping 'Fish'': Varieties of Uncle Tom 45
Chapter Three: Anti-Tom and The Birth of a Nation 96
Chapter Four: Posing as Black, Passing as White: The Melos of Black and White Melodrama in the Jazz Age 136
Chapter Five: Rewriting the Plantation Legend: Scarlett ''Totes a Weary Load'' 187
Chapter Six: Home Sweet Africa: Alex Haley's and TV's Roots 220
Chapter Seven: Trials of Black and White: California v. Powell and The People v. Orenthal James Simpson 252
Conclusion: Our Melodramatic Racial Fix 296
Notes 311
Bibliography 369
Index 385


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: African Americans in popular culture, Racism in popular culture United States, Melodrama, American Social aspects, Mass media and race relations United States, African Americans in mass media, African American men Race identity, White women Race identity United States, United States Race relations Psychological aspects, Popular culture United States Psychological aspects