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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:44:13 -0400
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★★★1/2 SALTY DOG BLUES Highly Recommended by Video Librarian Magazine!

 "Al Santana and Denise B. Santiago’s engaging documentary focuses on the
experiences of African American and Puerto Rican men and women who served
in the U.S. Merchant Marine from the 1930s through the 1980s. For many, the
Merchant Marine offered an opportunity to both escape from crushing poverty
and to literally sail away from a segregated society. Featuring on-camera
interviews interwoven with archival photos and stock footage, SALTY DOG
BLUES--narrated by journalist and media personality Felipe Luciano--covers
several forgotten milestones in U.S. history, including the formation of
the National Maritime Union in 1937, with its then-revolutionary pledge to
treat all people as equals; the barrier-breaking achievement of Hugh Mulzac
in becoming the first black captain of a Merchant Marine vessel (he had to
receive this training in England after being refused instruction in the
United States); the unusual opportunities afforded to females who sought
careers in the Merchant Marine; and the shameful blacklisting of maritime
union executives during the McCarthy era, which included the deportation of
Jamaican-born union leader Ferdinand Smith. The filmmakers also address
contemporary issues facing now-retired veterans, including stagnant pension
plans and healthcare problems. An intelligent and compelling slice of
off-the-beaten-path military history, this is highly recommended." Aud: C,
P. (P. Hall)


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