Documenting the O.J. Simpson Case

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Mon, 06/27/2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
screen shot of O J Simpson 1990s TV news report
The Left and the Law look at drama, documentary, and text versions of the case


Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker talk about two television series produced this year on the O. J. Simpson murder case--the drama The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story, and the documentary mini-series O.J.: Made in America. Jan and Mike take up the question of why this was considered the "trial of the century." They also explain how the documentary mini-series was so effective in bringing the social history of racism, policing, and sports heroes into the analysis of the O. J. Simpson case.  Denise joins them, and Jan mentions a book co-edited by Toni Morrison, Birth of a Nation’hood:  Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O.J. Simpson Case.



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