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Imitation of Life 1934

One of twenty five defining works that broke down the walls of intolerance on the big screen. In this version of the Fannie Hurst novel that has been filmed at least four times, Delilah (Louise Beavers), a maid and single mom, dreams up a recipe for pancakes that makes a fortune for her employer Bea (Claudette […]

One of twenty five defining works that broke down the walls of intolerance on the big screen.

In this version of the Fannie Hurst novel that has been filmed at least four times, Delilah (Louise Beavers), a maid and single mom, dreams up a recipe for pancakes that makes a fortune for her employer Bea (Claudette Colbert) and herself. Bea has romantic entanglements, but the real conflict is between Delilah and her light-skinned daughter Peola (Fredi Washington). Peola finds that she can “pass” for white, and to become a part of the ruling society she renounces her mother. “Even if you pass me on the street,” she tells Delilah, “you’ll have to pass me by”.

Curriculum Vitae

Tom L. States PhD Candidate

Fields of Interest: Political Theory, International Relations, Marxist Political Economy

Research Topic: eRacism - Conflicts of Difference

Education History: Williams College, BA Political Science; New York University, MA Politics; York University PhD Candidate

Languages: English, German

Hometown: Greenwood, Mississippi

Words of Wisdom: “IT” is what you are when you are young. Your youth mistakes certainty of the few things that you think you know for knowledge of things that it takes a life time to understand. With time and a few life experiences “IT” becomes the thing you pursue to give your life meaning. Somewhere along the way of having or getting “IT” you ask yourself, ‘Is this “IT”? Panic sets in when you realize that “IT” is your life. Fear and insecurity is that feeling you get when “IT” has not been worth a life time.

Bookshelf

Harvey, David. Justice, Nature, and the Geography of Difference. New York: Longman, 1996.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin White Masks. Trans. Charles Lam Markmann. New York: Grove Press. 1967.

Cancian, Francesca M. Gender Politics: Love and Power in the Private and Public Spheres. Gender and the Life Course. Ed. Alice S. Rossi. New York: Aldine, 1985.

Sand, Shlomo. The Invention of the Jewish People. New York: Verso, 2009.

Lay, Shawn. The Invisible Empire In The West: Toward a New Historical Appraisal of the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920's. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Journal

Carothers, Thomas. Think Again: Civil Society. Foreign Policy Date, (Winter: 1999-2000).

Ober, Josiah. The original meaning of "democracy": Capacity to do things, not majority rule. Princeton/Stanford Working Papers in Classics. American Political Science Association meetings, Philadelphia, (2006).