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Precarious PrescriptionsContested Histories of Race and Health in North America$
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Laurie B. Green, John Mckiernan-González, and Martin Summers

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690466

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690466.001.0001

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“Hunger in America” and the Power of Television

“Hunger in America” and the Power of Television

Poor People, Physicians, and the Mass Media in the War against Poverty

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Precarious Prescriptions

Laurie B. Green

University of Minnesota Press

Laurie B. Green By tracing the origins of the award-winning 1968 CBS documentary, “Hunger in America,” back to the “discovery of hunger” in the Mississippi Delta by U.S. senators and physicians a year earlier, this chapter shows how the producers used the “power of television” to transform highly racialized stereotypes of poor people into a compelling, politically effective visual narrative

Keywords:   Traditional healing, Ethnic Studies, Medicine, African Americans, Native Americans, Critical Race Theory, Public health, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Immigration Studies

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