From Blackface to Blaxploitation: Representations of African Americans in Film

Bibliography and Filmography

This section contains a selected bibliography of sources used during our planning of the exhibit as well as a filmography of public domain films.


Cripps, T. (1977). Slow Fade to Black: The Negro in American Film, 1900-1942. New York, Oxford UP.

Howard, J. (2007). Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide. Guildford: FAB.

Mahar, W. J. (1999). Behind the Burnt Cork Mask: Early Blackface Minstrelsy and Antebellum American Popula Culture. New York: William Hall and Son.

McGilligan, P. (2007). Oscar Micheaux, the Great and Only: The Life of America's First Black Filmmaker. New York: HarperCollins.

Walker, D., Rausch, A. J., & Watson, C. (2009). Reflections on Blaxploitation: Actors and Directors Speak. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow P.



Julian, H., Micheaux, O. (Producers), & Micheaux, O. (Director). (1939). Lying Lips [Motion picture]. United States: Micheaux Film. Internet Archive

LeBaron, W. (Producer), & Brown, M.W. (Director). (1930). Check and Double Check [Motion picture]. United States: RKO Radio Pictures. Internet Archive

Parsons, L. (Producer), & Bretherton, H. (Director). (1940). Up in the Air [Motion picture]. United States: Monogram Pictures. Internet Archive

Popkin, L. C. (Producer), & Nolte, W. L. (Director). (1938). The Duke is Tops [Motion picture]. United States: Million Dollar Productions. Internet Archive    IMDB


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