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Film, Video All-American news. [1945-03, no. 1] Inventory title: All American news 10 / Inventory title: All American news X

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  • All-American news. [1945-03, no. 1]

Other Title

  • Inventory title: All American news 10
  • Inventory title: All American news X


  • All-American news were the first newsreels produced for a black audience. Made in the 1940s and 1950s, they were originally intended to encourage black Americans to participate in, and support the war effort, and to reflect an African-American perspective on world and national events. Highlights of this issue include segments about a black tank battalion (probably the 784th Tank Battalion) serving as part of the 35th Division fighting in Germany, and black pilots and bombardiers (the 477th Composite Group) training at Freeman Field, Indiana.


  • Alexander, William D., production
  • Glucksman, E. M. (Emanuel M.), production
  • Barnett, Claude, 1889-1967, production
  • All American News, Inc

Created / Published

  • [1945]


  • Tank crew in Germany, Negro enlisted men make up spearhead (1 min.) -- Capital man well at 102, voted for Grant, and still voting (30 sec.) -- No relaxing for O.P.A., leaders urge all to continue effort (30 sec.) -- Easter sees throng pray, Chicago's sunshine brings out paraders (1 min., 15 sec.) -- Crews train for bombing, typical course at Freeman Field, Indiana (1 min., 30 sec.).


  • -  African Americans--Social life and customs
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American
  • -  United States.--Army.--Tank Battalion (Light), 784th
  • -  United States.--Office of Price Administration
  • -  United States.--Army Air Forces.--Composite Group, 477th
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Tank warfare
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Germany
  • -  Easter--Illinois--Chicago
  • -  African American air pilots--Indiana--Seymour
  • -  Freeman Field (Ind.)


  • Newsreels
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Date in title and possible date of release are based on the date (March, 1945) that the Army Air Forces 477th Composite Group was transferred to Freeman Field, Indiana. Date taken from Wikipedia WWW site, Freeman Army Field article (March 1, 1945) and from the Baltimore Afro-American, March 24, 1945 (March 5, 1945).
  • -  Some footage provided by the United States Army Signal Corps.
  • -  Cannot confirm that newsreel stories are in the same order, or on the same reel as when originally released.
  • -  Sources used: Moon, S., Reel Black talk, p. 3-6; Sampson, H., Blacks in black and white, p. 437-440; Wheeler, R. "News for all Americans" in American visions, Feb.-Mar. 1993, p. 40, viewed online, June 22, 2018 via Academic OneFile; Wikipedia WWW site, viewed July 30, 2018 (Freeman Field Mutiny; Freeman Army Airfield); Baltimore Afro-American, March 24, 1945, p. 1 (Airmen Boycott J. C. Club) and p. 15 (All of 477th Sent to Indiana Field); After Action Report, 784th Tank Battalion, January-May, 1945, viewed online July 30, 2018 at the Ike Skelton Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) Digital Library.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4)(ca. 5 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

  • MacDonald (J. Fred and Leslie W.) Collection (Library of Congress)

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2018600167

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

All American News, Inc. All-American news. -03, no. 1. produceds by Alexander, William D.Uction, Glucksman, E. M. Uction, and Barnett, Claude, Uction [1945] Video.

APA citation style:

All American News, I. (1945) All-American news. -03, no. 1. Alexander, W. D. U., Glucksman, E. M. U. & Barnett, C., prods [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

All American News, Inc. All-American news. -03, no. 1. prod by Alexander, William D.Uction, Glucksman, E. M. Uction, and Barnett, Claude, Uction [1945] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.