Film, Video All-American news. [1945-01, no. 1] All American news 13 / All American news XIII

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All-American news. [1945-01, no. 1]
Other Title
All American news 13
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 Private Sidney Walker (the boxer, Beau Jack) receiving an education while in the Army, one of FDR's Birthday Balls, annual events to raise money for polio research (this may be one of the last Birthday Balls), Fletcher Martin, war correspondent, returning to the U.S. after 22 months in the Pacific, and Dr. Roscoe Wheat receiving an award from the Boy Scouts of America, presented by C.A. Liggin.
Contributor Names
Alexander, William D., production.
Glucksman, E. M. (Emanuel M.), production.
Barnett, Claude, 1889-1967, production.
All American News, Inc.
Created / Published
Beau Jack learns 3R's, famed boxer gets diploma in Army (1 min., 25 sec.) -- Birthday Ball gala affair, crowds make merry in Washington, D.C. (1 min.) -- Personalities in the news, head of banner consumer council (20 sec.) -- Reporter returns from Pacific (25 sec.) -- Dr. Wheat gets Boy Scout award (20 sec.) -- Harlem OPA meets issues, fights black market and urges support (45 sec.).
Subject Headings
-  African Americans--Social life and customs
-  World War, 1939-1945--Participation, African American
-  Jack, Beau,--1921-2000
-  Roosevelt, Franklin D.--(Franklin Delano),--1882-1945--Birth
-  Roosevelt, Eleanor,--1884-1962
-  Turner, Joe,--1907-1990
-  Martin, Fletcher,--1916-2005
-  Wheat, Roscoe,--1879-1954
-  Liggin, Clyde,--1902-1980
-  United States.--Office of Price Administration
-  March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
-  African American boxers
-  African American singers
Nonfiction films
-  Date in title and possible date of release are based on the March of Dimes gala, on President Roosevelt's birthday (January 30, 1945).
-  Appearing: Beau Jack, Eleanor Roosevelt, Joe Turner, Fletcher Martin, Roscoe Wheat, C.A. Liggin.
-  Some footage provided by the United States Army Signal Corps.
-  Incomplete: main title, some footage and parts of picture lacking.
-  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; The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), December 21, 1944, p. 13, viewed online, August 6, 2018, via; FDR Presidential Library & Museum, "FDR's Birthday" page, viewed August 6, 2018; Atlanta Daily World, February 4, 1945, p. 1, viewed online via ProQuest Historical Newspapers, August 7, 2018.
1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (inc.) (ca. 4 min.) : sd., b&w.
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MacDonald (J. Fred and Leslie W.) Collection (Library of Congress)
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All American News, Inc. All-American news. -01, no. 1. produceds by Alexander, William D.Uction, Glucksman, E. M. Uction, and Barnett, Claude, Uction [1945] Video.

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All American News, I. (1945) All-American news. -01, no. 1. Alexander, W. D. U., Glucksman, E. M. U. & Barnett, C., prods [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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All American News, Inc. All-American news. -01, no. 1. prod by Alexander, William D.Uction, Glucksman, E. M. Uction, and Barnett, Claude, Uction [1945] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.

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