Sit In (1960)

Sit InWhite Paper: Sit-In” was an NBC documentary that provided insight to the degree of segregation present in Nashville, Tennessee and much of the South. It came at a significant time in network television history; networks were just beginning to recover from the infamous quiz-show scandals that made many viewers lose trust in the major networks.  Simultaneously, the Civil Rights Movement was emerging with force in the political sphere, giving the networks a chance to provide legitimate, pressing news to the nation.  The airing of “Sit-In” had an impact that was twofold.  First, it allowed networks to earn back the trust of their viewers, while also expanding to a more diverse audience.  Second, the depictions of the Civil Rights Movement seen in “Sit-In” provided a unique stage for the movement, bringing more legitimacy and national focus to the movement itself


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