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Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies

William D. Romanowski


This book chronicles for the first time the long and varied efforts of American Protestants—from Presbyterians and Episcopalians to fundamentalists and evangelicals—to influence the film industry. Representing the reigning religious and cultural establishment at the dawn of the cinema, Protestants struggled to formulate a constructive approach to Hollywood, which was a crucial site where non-Protestant and non-Christian players gained a new voice in the public arena. Drawing on personal interviews and previously untouched archival sources, this interdisciplinary study describes how mainline ch ... More

Keywords: Protestants, Catholics, Hollywood, censorship, Legion of Decency, film regulation, evangelical market

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780195387841
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387841.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William D. Romanowski, author
Calvin College