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NATIVE LAND was just one of many activities on the left side of the political
spectrum that kept Robeson in trouble with the kind of people who think they
know what are "un-American activities."  This particular production was one of
several documentary films produced by Frontier Films which dealt with working
class concerns.  Quoting Barnouw: DOCUMENTARY, the film "dealt with civil
rights violations cited in government hearings.  The film used dramatized
reconstructions . . . since few civil rights violations were occurring on
camera. . . .  Years in the making, the film was not released until 1942."
 
Cal Pryluck                               <PRYLUCK@TEMPLEVM>
Dept of Radio-Television-Film             <[log in to unmask]>
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122