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RO-10491-70

Martin A. Jackson
Unknown institution

Images of the British Worker, 1930-1940: Approach to use of film as historical evidence

A study of changing attitudes toward British workingmen, as revealed in newsreels, documentaries and political films during the 1930s. ABSTRACT: A study of changing attitudes toward British workingmen, as revealed in newsreels, documentaries and political films during the 1930s; focusing on change in public consciousness regarding working man as Britain moved from economic crisis to war. Includes hypothesis regarding interaction between public affairs and status of workingman in British life, e.g., public apprehension toward working man at times of social strife (General Strike of 1926) changed to admiration in times of national crisis (Battle of Britain). Film offers signficant possibilities to historian as he seeks to understand social and political behavior iof the twentieth century. this exploratory effort to utilize archives as primary recource material for historical purposes will amke valuable contribution to humanistic studies. Project to include survey of British archives and resources and conversations with British historian currently engaged in similar research. Expected results are several articles and full-scale monograph on subject of film and historian. Funds for travel, living expenses, viewing charges in London film archives.

Project fields:
History, General

Program:
Basic Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$3,322 (approved)
$3,322 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/1970 – 9/30/1970