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Our Gang: A Racial History of The Little Rascals

Julia Lee

Abstract

The series Our Gang (also known as The Little Rascals) has been called the most popular juvenile series ever filmed, beloved by generations of children and adults. According to Hollywoodlegend, creator Hal Roach saw a group of children playing in a lumberyard and, charmed by their antics, conceived of a series based on kids “being kids.” From the beginning, however, Our Gang was an anomaly. At a time of Jim Crow and a resurgent Ku Klux Klan, Our Gang featured black children playing alongside white children, attending school with them, and getting into mischief with them. This bookis the untold ... More

Keywords: Our Gang, interracial friendship, Hal Roach, nostalgia, African-American culture, television history, The Little Rascals, early silent film, Los Angeles history, childhood studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816698219
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816698219.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia Lee, author
University of Nevada, Las Vegas