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One the “Forum Edition” films created by the March of Time for classroom use, “The New South” is a black & white educational film about the Southern USA. Made in the era of segregation, the film attempts to chronicle how the South has changed since the Civil War, and how economic and other conditions are improving for African Americans. This is circa the 1940s.
Opening titles: (:08). Title card: The New South (:29). African Americans work in the fields of the American South (:35). Riverboat on the Mississippi (:47). Tourist destinations that depict the “Old South” are shown — Mt. Vernon and Colonial Williamsburg, VA (:50). Huge plantation manor / mansion (1:03). Idealized Plantation family served by African American servants (1:11). Southern family sits at a big table and enjoys dinner (1:25). First theatre in North America was in Charleston, SC opened in 1736; “The Beaux Stratagem” billboard and scenes from the play(1:37). Fine dining (2:00). Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans, Louisiana (2:12). Statues and plaques that celebrate the “heroic” Confederacy and Civil War heroes (2:21). The Citadel military academy in Charleston, South Carlina (2:39). Cemetery with the Confederate flag(3:00). Abandoned, destroyed plantation house (3:11). Tobacco crop (3:25). People work on the tobacco crop (3:57). Cigarette production (4:18). People work in the cotton fields (4:25). Cotton exchange workers (4:41). Cotton moved and weighed in huge bales (4:50). Cotton mills (4:58). Poor White farmers and sharecroppers (5:13). Barren farmland — part of the South’s own Dust Bowl (5:25). Poor children leaving a one-room schoolhouse, some lack shoes (5:36). Blacks and Whites work in the fields, including a mother with her baby (5:43). Poor neighborhood or urban slum (5:58). Richmond, Virginia including the famed Booker T Luncheon, a restaurant reserved for Blacks (6:11). “For Colored Only” segregation era sign (6:17) in the window. Richmond ghetto. Southern blacks in school (6:35). Black children visit a White doctor (6:47). Rural areas with poor families, washing clothes (6:59). Plowing a field with a mule. Sunday at church (7:20). African Americans at one of the so-called ” Negro Colleges ” (7:40). Statue of Booker T. Washington (7:57). Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, African Americans in college (8:02). U.S. Department of Agriculture Bureau of Plant Industry sign; bamboo trees; men work in the fields (8:40). Charles Herty made paper out of pine (9:12). Everyday people in the South (9:30). Piles of timber (9:40). Fields in the South (10:00). Modern infrastructure of the South. Paved highway map showing the network that runs throughout (10:08). Railroad line maps showing extensive lines that run to the north and west (10:18). Cities in the South that are served by U.S. airlines, including a DC-3 shown operated by Eastern Airlines as part of the ” Great Silver Fleet ” (10:27). Modern steel bridge (10:35). Modern paddle wheel / stern wheel steamer on the Mississippi (10:44). Off loading a cargo ship in New Orleans. Hydro-electric power, a dam (10:55). Wildlife in the south (11:14). Off shore fishermen in the south (11:22). Black couple fishing at a lake (11:30). Men and women work in a textile mill (11:44). Train freight cars (12:01). A grocery store (12:11), and a downtown street in North or South Carolina. The Berry School, now known as Berry College. This segment features Martha Berry, who created the school to help the poor (white) children so they may have a quality education (12:24). (Berry remained segregated until early 1961.) Boys must wear overalls and girls must wear her own simple cotton dresses (13:00). Martha Berry at her desk (13:07). Young adults sit in college classes and work in the library (13:16). Students eat in a large cafeteria while some work and serve the food (13:39). Students make their own bricks in kilns (13:59). Students farm and learn (14:22). Poultry farm on the school grounds operated by students (14:35). Students tend to the cattle (14:45). The General Store erected by Berry Students is run by students (15:00). Students have a dance and have manners like the old south (15:13). Lemley Hall at the Berry School (15:31). Martha Berry speaks (15:50). End credits (16:33).
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