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James A. Verinis
Documentary focusing on the contributions to the American war effort of African-American soldiers.
The film was produced by Frank Capra as a follow up to his successful film series "Why We Fight". The army used this film as propaganda to convince Black Americans to enlist in the army and fight in the war. Most people regarded the film very highly, some going as far as to say that "The Negro Soldier" was "one of the finest things that ever happened to America".
In different movies during this time period, African Americans were often portrayed as humorous characters. However, after "The Negro Soldier", African Americans played more respectable and prominent roles in films. I don't know if this film is directly connected to the new way these men were shown in film. I can acknowledge there was definitely a post-war shift. And it might be as simple as saying that white men and black men fought together, making them more unified in the 1940s... but that would disregard the role that minorities had in earlier wars.
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