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American Studies

This guide provides an overview of recent DVDs that may interest researchers in the American Studies field. Additional titles can be accessed through the library catalog; you can search by keyword, person, genre, or title.

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American Studies DVDs

Features three intersecting stories of students, parents, and artists, each looking for their place in society.
Call Number: UMDVD 7320

Black Is...Black Ain't: A Personal Journey through Black Identity
Uses incisive commentary from prominent black intellectuals to take a frank and honest look at black identity.
Call Number: UMDVD 6372

Blacking Up: Hip-Hop's Remix of Race and Identity
Looks at the popularity of hip-hop among the U.S.' white youth.
Call Number: UMDVD 5680

The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in Hollywood Cinema
Traces the progression of the screen image of Latinos to today's greater prominence of actors, writers, and directors.
Call Number: UMDVD 6705

Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class
Examines the patterns inherent in TV’s depictions of working class people as either clowns or social deviants.
Call Number: UMDVD 9688

Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City
Examines the difficulties that a new generation must confront in dealing with an uncertain future.
Call Number: UMDVD 4846

Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood
Focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation.
Call Number: UMDVD 5189

Crossing the Line: Multiracial Comedians
Analyzes how mixed-race comedians mediate multiracial identities and humor.
Call Number: UMDVD 5418

A Dream in Doubt
Shows how Sikh immigrant Rana Singh Sodhi attempts to educate his community in the wake of 9/11 hate crimes.
Call Number: UMDVD 5145

Dropping Science
Discusses how popular culture contributies to the humanities in the digital age.
Call Number: UMDVD 4384

Faces of America
Traces the family trees of actors, authors, educators, intellectuals, athletes, and musicians.
Call Number: UMDVD 5651

The Killing Screens: Media and the Culture of Violence
Explores the impacts of growing up and living within a cultural environment of pervasive, ritualized violent images.
Call Number: UMDVD 8342

The Merchants of Cool
Explores the pop culture manipulated and created by corporate America for the American youth.
Call Number: UMDVD 6259

Militainment, Inc.
Offers a glimpse into the militarization of American popular culture via news coverage, video games, and more.
Call Number: UMDVD 5052

Milk in the Land
Examines the relationship between beverage and popular culture.
Call Number: UMDVD 4754

The Persuaders
Explores how the culture of marketing shapes the way Americans understand the world and themselves.
Call Number: UMDVD 671

Race, Power & American Sports
Offers insight into sports culture's influence on society's dominant ideas about race and racial difference.
Call Number: UMDVD 7665

Richard Rodriguez: Victim of Two Cultures
Presents Rodriguez's experiences growing up as the son of Mexican immigrants.
Call Number: UMDVD 6753

Shop 'Til You Drop: The Crisis of Consumerism
Looks at the relationship between the limits of consumerism and the pursuit of happiness.
Call Number: UMDVD 9747

Slaying the Dragon
Describes racial and gender stereotyping of Asian women in U.S. motion pictures and other media.
Call Number: UMDVD 6279

An in-depth look into the exploding subculture of sneaker collecting and its widespread influence on the world.
Call Number: UMDVD 10164

A Song for Ourselves
Shows how Chris Ijima's music unleashed the contagious energy of the Asian American movement in the '70s.
Call Number: UMDVD 6582

Examines the history of modern youth culture and the evolution of the idea of the "teenager."
Call Number: UMDVD 9121

Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood & American Culture
Argues that the ongoing epidemic of male violence in the U.S. has roots in outmoded ideals of manhood.
Call Number: UMDVD 7968

Unlearning "Indian" Stereotypes
Tells of the many misconceptions and stereotypes that have characterized attitudes toward American Indians.
Call Number: UMDVD 7794

We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes
Tells the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective.
Call Number: UMDVD 5011