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Film, Video All-American news. [1945-01, no. 2] Inventory title: All American news 13 / Inventory title: All American news XIII

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  • All-American news. [1945-01, no. 2]

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  • Inventory title: All American news 13
  • Inventory title: All American news XIII


  • 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 Horace Cayton's book, Black Metropolis, the Junior Police and Citizens Corps boys club in Washington D.C., Dr. T.K. Lawless, dermatologist at Provident Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, Union worker, Maida Springer's trip to Great Britain, and the 81st West Africa Division fighting in Burma.


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

Created / Published

  • [1945]


  • Cayton's new book is ready, racial leader writes "Black Metropolis" (35 sec.) -- Boys club is two years old, capital youngsters fight delinquency (1 min. 10 sec.) -- Provident leads in dermatology, famed hospital employs Dr. Lawless (35 sec.) -- Women respond to "Help Wanted", scores from Harlem work at Picatinny (55 sec.) -- Union worker off to Britain, will study problems of women in industry (1 min.) -- Africans in action, 81st West Africa Division in Burma (1 min., 40 sec.).


  • -  African Americans--Social life and customs
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Women--United States
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--War work--United States
  • -  Cayton, Horace R.--(Horace Roscoe),--1903-1970
  • -  Springer, Maida--Travel
  • -  Lawless, T. K.,--1892-1971
  • -  Great Britain.--Army.--Division, 81st
  • -  Picatinny Arsenal (1907-1977)
  • -  Boys--Washington (D.C.)--Societies and clubs
  • -  African American physicians
  • -  African American labor leaders
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Burma


  • Newsreels
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Date in title and possible date of release are based on the date that Maida Springer traveled to Great Britain; date (January 15, 1945) taken from the Report on the 26th Convention of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.
  • -  Appearing: Horace Cayton, T.K. Lawless, Maida Springer.
  • -  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; Report of the General Executive Board on the 26th Convention of the ILGWU (Report and Proceedings, International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, 1947), p. 4 viewed online via Google books, August 3, 2018; Kentake Page WWW site, Theodore K. Lawless page viewed August 6, 2018.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 6 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

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

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  • 2018600171

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  • video

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Chicago citation style:

All American News, Inc. All-American news. -01, no. 2. 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. -01, no. 2. 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. -01, no. 2. prod by Alexander, William D.Uction, Glucksman, E. M. Uction, and Barnett, Claude, Uction [1945] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.