A pioneering figure in African American cinema, enterprising autodidact Oscar Devereaux Micheaux had worked as a Pullman porter, a homesteader on the plains of South Dakota, and a writer before he founded his first production company in Chicago in 1919 to adapt his own novel as The Homesteader. These eight impassioned dramas of Black life by Micheaux provide a cross-section of a busy career that spanned the silent to the sound era, creating films that spoke on the subject of race in America from a perspective coming far outside that of white-controlled Hollywood.