Elizabeth Reich

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Militant Visions

Black Soldiers, Internationalism, and the Transformation of American Cinema

Rutgers University Press

Uncovering a whole generation of militant Black characters onscreen long before Shaft or Sweetback, Militant Visions examines the depiction of African American soldiers in films from the 1940s to the 1970s. In the process, it reveals how the image of the proud and powerful African American soldier was crafted by an unexpected alliance of government propagandists, activists, and Black filmmakers. 

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