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Owned by:
Pearl Bowser, American, born 1931  Search this
Created by:
Union Films, 1946 - 1953  Search this
Produced by:
Carl Marzani, 1912 - 1994  Search this
Directed by:
Max Glandbard, American, 1915 - 1987  Search this
Subject of:
Progressive Party, American, 1948 - 1955  Search this
Paul Robeson, American, 1898 - 1976  Search this
Henry Wallace, American, 1888 - 1965  Search this
Composed by:
Serge Hovey, American, 1920 - 1989  Search this
acetate film
Duration: 15 Minutes
Length (Film): 600 Feet
black-and-white films (visual works)
short subjects
16mm (photographic film size)
Place filmed:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America
"This fifteen-minute documentary provides an invaluable record of the Progressive Party’s gathering even as it combines “people’s songs” with film in an innovative, almost experimental manner. As with several earlier Union Films productions, there is some effort to theatricalize events. A People’s Convention has a protagonist, “Joe,” who is attending the convention and is shown in both the introductory and final shot, while making several appearances over the course of the picture. His presence, however, is quickly subsumed by the desire to document the convention, which was all the more urgent given the distortions that were being generated by the news media."
Musser, Charles. "A People’s Convention (Union Films, 1948)." Charles Musser. Accessed May 12, 2016.
16mm film. This documentary film covers the 1948 Progressive Party Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Produced by Union Films.
African American  Search this
Film  Search this
Folk (Music)  Search this
Mass media  Search this
Politics  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Pearl Bowser
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Pearl Bowser Collection
Media Arts-Film and Video
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture