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Two Towns of Jasper

In 1998 in Jasper, Texas, James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a pickup truck and dragged to his death by three white men. The town was forever altered, and the nation woke up to the horror of a modern-day lynching. The filmmakers set out to document the aftermath of the murder by following the trials of the local men charged with the crime. The result is an explicit and troubling portrait of race in America, one that asks how and why a crime like this could have occurred. Originally produced in 2002 as a segment of the television series POV. Dist.: PBS. 83 min.

Reviews and articles:

American Library Association Video Round Table Notable Video for Adults Peabody Awards Cole, David. "Two Towns of Jasper." Visual Anthropology Review, Volume 21. Issue 1-2. March 2005 Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only Petersen, Jennifer. "Media as Sentimental Education: The Political Lessons of HBO's The Laramie Project and PBS's Two Towns of Jasper." Critical Studies in Media Communication, Aug2009, Vol. 26 Issue 3, p255-274, 20p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only Rojas, Hernando; Shah, Dhavan V., et. al. "Media Dialogue: Perceiving and Addressing Community Problems." Mass Communication & Society, Spring2005, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p93-110, 18p, Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only