James Baldwin discusses cinema's role in perpetuating myths about American history and culture. He warns that "history is not a matter of the past. It's a matter of the present."
This story originally aired on Voices in the Wind on May 30, 1976. Voices in the Wind, NPR's report on the creative experience, was produced between the years 1974 and 1979.
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