The Columbia Companion to American History on Film: How the Movies Have Portrayed the American Past
American history has always been an irresistible source of inspiration for filmmakers, and today, for good or ill, most Americans'sense of the past likely comes more from Hollywood than from the works of historians. In important films such as The Birth of a Nation (1915), Roots (1977), Apocalypse Now (1979), and Saving Private Ryan (1998), how much is entertainment and how much is rooted in historical fact? In The Columbia Companion to American History on Film, more than seventy scholars consider the gap between history and Hollywood. They examine how filmmakers have presented and interpreted the most important events, topics, eras, and figures in the American past, often comparing the film versions of events with the interpretations of the best historians who have explored the topic.
Divided into eight broad categories--Eras; Wars and Other Major Events; Notable People; Groups; Institutions and Movements; Places; Themes and Topics; and Myths and Heroes--the volume features extensive cross-references, a filmography (of discussed and relevant films), notes, and a bibliography of selected historical works on each subject. The Columbia Companion to American History on Film is also an important resource for teachers, with extensive information for research or for course development appropriate for both high school and college students.
Though each essay reflects the unique body of film and print works covering the subject at hand, every essay addresses several fundamental questions:
* What are the key films on this topic?
* What sources did the filmmaker use, and how did the film deviate (or remain true to) its sources?
* How have film interpretations of a particular historical topic changed, and what sorts of factors--technological, social, political, historiographical--have affected their evolution?
* Have filmmakers altered the historical record with a view to enhancing drama or to enhance the "truth" of their putative message?
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The Puritan Era and the Puritan Mind
The American Revolution
Women in the Twentieth Century
City and State Government
Journalism and the Media
The Civil War and Reconstruction
The Cold War
The Korean War
The MexicanAmerican War and the SpanishAmerican War
The Vietnam War
Westward Expansion and the Indian Wars
World War I
The Antebellum Frontier Hero
The Founding Fathers
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
Harry S Truman
African Americans After World War II
Children and Teenagers in the Twentieth Century
Radicals and Radicalism
Robber Barons Media Moguls and Power Elites
Women from the Colonial Era to 1900
The Labor Movement and the Working Class
Militias and Extremist Political Movements
The Political Machine
The Presidency After World War II
Public High Schools
The New West and the New Western
New York City
The Small Town
Texas and the Southwest
The TransAppalachian West
Crime and the Mafia
Drugs Tobacco and Alcohol
Elections and Party Politics
Feminism and Feminist Films
The American Adam
The American Fighting Nan
Democracy and Equality
The Frontier and the West
The Machine in the Garden
Success and the SelfMade Man
List of Contributors
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