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Joseph Clark

News Parade

The American Newsreel and the World as Spectacle

University of Minnesota Press 2020

New Books in American StudiesNew Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in FilmNew Books in HistoryNew Books in JournalismNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & Society September 15, 2020 Joel Tscherne

When weekly newsreels launched in the early twentieth century, they offered the U.S. public the first weekly record of events that symbolized “indisputable evidence”...

When weekly newsreels launched in the early twentieth century, they offered the U.S. public the first weekly record of events that symbolized “indisputable evidence” of the news. In News Parade: The American Newsreel and the World as Spectacle (University of Minnesota Press), Joseph Clark examines the history of the newsreel and how it changed the way Americans saw the world.

He combines an examination of the newsreel’s methods of production, distribution, and reception with an analysis of its representational strategies to understand the newsreel’s place in the history of twentieth-century American culture and film history.

Joseph Clark is lecturer in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University.


Joel Tscherne is an Adjunct History Professor at Southern New Hampshire University. His Twitter handle is @JoelTscherne.