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The Negro Soldier

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Description Intended to combat racial discrimination in the armed forces, "The Negro Soldier" traces the role of African Americans in war from the American Revolutionary War through World War II. This film, written and starred in by Carlton Moss and produced by Frank Capra, has since been added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. The Registry noted that the film is culturally and historically significant because it "showcased the contributions of blacks to American society and their heroism in the nation’s wars, portraying them in a dignified, realistic, and far less stereotypical manner than they had been depicted in previous Hollywood films." Like Capra's other U.S. propaganda films, "The Negro Soldier" was required viewing for all soldiers.
Creator U.S. War Department Special Service Division Army Service Forces
U.S. Signal Corps
Frank Capra: producer
Stuart Heisler: director
Contributor Carlton Moss: screenwriter, actor; Dimitri Tiomkin: composer; Army Air Forces Orchestra: music
Date Issued 1943
Original Format 16mm print
Duration 39:23
Color/Black & White B&W
Sound/Silent Sound
Nation of Origin U.S.
Geographic Coverage Granary Burial Grounds, Boston; Pearl Harbor; West Point; Alcan Highway