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Published on Dec 7, 2011
Volume 2 of South by Northwest looks at black homesteaders who came to the Pacific Northwest, focusing on the stories of George Bush, George Washington, and Joseph Wells. George Washington Bush traveled to what would later become Washington state via the Oregon Trail and became the first African American settler in Washington. 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 vhs17485v2.