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Published on Dec 7, 2011
Volume 5 of South by Northwest tells the story of Jim Shepperson, who was hired to bring black coal workers to Roslyn, Washington in 1888 as part of an effort to break a strike by white coal workers over unsafe conditions, and looks at the black workers' subsequent difficulties and integration into the community. South by Northwest was a series of short films produced by KWSU in 1976, reenacting significant African American people and events in the history of the Pacific Northwest.
The initial $248,000 contract for these films was awarded to Washington State University's KWSU-TV, to produce five docudramas based upon the stories of black Americans in the early northwest, to be aimed at middle-school students. Based upon research headed by WSU Professors Quintard Taylor and Talmadge Anderson, and produced by media expert Nate Long, five initial half-hour television programs were completed in 1976, and three more programs followed in 1981. South by Northwest was cited for "outstanding participation" by the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration, and won a Corporation for Public Broadcasting Award and a New York Film Festival Award.
In 2010, Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) digitized these eight productions. The films are held in the WSU Libraries as VHS tapes; this one is call number vhs17487v5.