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Film, Video All-American news. [1945-03, no. 2] Inventory title: All American news 13 / Inventory title: All American news XIII

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  • All-American news. [1945-03, 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 women making munitions in the Washington Navy Yard, Adam Clayton Powell addressing a labor meeting in Chicago, and Frances Williams of the Office of Price Administration meeting with J. Finley Wilson of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World (I.B.P.O.E.) about price and rent control.


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

Created / Published

  • [1945]


  • Girls turn out shells, do skilled work at Washington Navy Yard (1 min.) -- Labor group in session, Cong. Powell and the others leaders among speakers (1 min.) -- I.B.P.O.E. head helps OPA, pledges aid to keep rents and food down (1 min.) -- Urban League does big job, advises returned vets and public on problems (50 sec.) -- 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.) -- Heroes of 92nd are decorated, many get citation; Division given plaque (2 min., 30 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
  • -  Powell, Adam Clayton,--Jr.,--1908-1972
  • -  Jefferson, Joseph,--1907 or 1908-1984
  • -  Williams, Frances H
  • -  Wilson, J. Finley,--1881-1952
  • -  Granger, Lester B.--(Lester Blackwell),--1896-1976
  • -  United States.--Office of Price Administration
  • -  Improved, Benevolent, Protective Order of Elks of the World
  • -  National Urban League
  • -  Labor movement--Illinois--Chicago
  • -  African American labor leaders
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Veterans


  • Newsreels
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Date in title and possible date of release are based on the date that Adam Clayton Powell spoke to the Negro Labor Relations League at DuSable High School in Chicago. Date (March 9, 1945) taken from the Chicago Daily Tribune, March 10, 1945.
  • -  Appearing: Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Joseph H. Jefferson, Frances Williams, James Finley Wilson, Lester Granger.
  • -  Some footage provided by the United States Army Signal Corps.
  • -  Personalities in the News segment (21:13-23:00) is also in lccn 2018600173 (1945-01, Birthday Ball gala...).
  • -  These segments also appear in lccn 2018601434 (1945-03, no.3): Girls turn out shells, Labor group in session, I.B.P.O.E. head helps OPA, and Urban League does big job (17:16-23:02).
  • -  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; Chicago Daily Tribune, March 10, 1945, p. 2, viewed online August 7, 2018 via ProQuest Historical Newspapers; Wikipedia WWW site (Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World) viewed August 9, 2018.


  • 1 video file (digital, MPEG-4) (ca. 8 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

  • 2018600174

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  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

All American News, Inc. All-American news. -03, 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. -03, 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. -03, no. 2. prod by Alexander, William D.Uction, Glucksman, E. M. Uction, and Barnett, Claude, Uction [1945] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.