Pullman Porters on Screen, Part 1 (Pre-1960)

The legacy of Pullman porters and the labor union eventually formed by them  – the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters – is an important one in American and labor history. Correspondingly, Pullman porters have left their imprint on American film in many different ways through the years, though the volume and type of those depictions … Continue reading Pullman Porters on Screen, Part 1 (Pre-1960)

Paul Robeson, the Spanish Civil War, and the Oliver Law Film That Never Was

Paul Robeson, the consummate renaissance man, is known as well for his amazing talent (an athlete, polyglot, orator, intellectual, singer, actor) as for his political involvement and passion for social justice.   His involvement in the Spanish Civil War[i] on the side of the Republican forces, though less well known, stands out as an episode that … Continue reading Paul Robeson, the Spanish Civil War, and the Oliver Law Film That Never Was