The Columbia Companion to American History on Film: How the Movies Have Portrayed the American Past

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Peter C. Rollins
Columbia University Press, 2003 - 671 halaman

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
3
The 1890s
10
The 1920s
15
The 1930s
22
The 1960s
29
The 1970s
37
The 1980s
42
The American Revolution
49
Women in the Twentieth Century
310
Baseball
319
City and State Government
326
Civil Rights
331
Congress
344
The Family
352
Football
363
Journalism and the Media
374

The Civil War and Reconstruction
58
The Cold War
69
The Korean War
81
The MexicanAmerican War and the SpanishAmerican War
86
The Vietnam War
93
Westward Expansion and the Indian Wars
103
World War I
109
Documentaries
116
Feature Films
125
The Antebellum Frontier Hero
139
Christopher Columbus
148
The Founding Fathers
153
Indian Leaders
161
The Kennedys
169
Abraham Lincoln
175
Richard Nixon
180
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
184
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
191
Harry S Truman
196
George Washington
198
African Americans After World War II
207
Arab Americans
218
Asian Americans
225
Catholic Americans
234
Children and Teenagers in the Twentieth Century
241
Irish Americans
249
Italian Americans
256
Jewish Americans
263
Mexican Americans
269
Native Americans
277
Radicals and Radicalism
288
Robber Barons Media Moguls and Power Elites
297
Women from the Colonial Era to 1900
303
The Labor Movement and the Working Class
383
Militias and Extremist Political Movements
392
The Political Machine
398
The Presidency After World War II
402
Private Schools
409
Public High Schools
413
The Midwest
421
The New West and the New Western
430
New York City
437
The Sea
447
The Small Town
457
The South
462
Space
473
Suburbia
480
Texas and the Southwest
488
The TransAppalachian West
497
Crime and the Mafia
509
Drugs Tobacco and Alcohol
518
Elections and Party Politics
527
Feminism and Feminist Films
534
Railroads
541
Sexuality
545
Slavery
552
The American Adam
561
The American Fighting Nan
567
Democracy and Equality
572
The Frontier and the West
578
Hollywoods Detective
583
The Machine in the Garden
590
Success and the SelfMade Man
596
List of Contributors
603
Index
607
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Peter C. Rollins is Regents Professor of English and American Film Studies at Oklahoma State University and editor in chief of the scholarly journal, Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies (www.filmandhistory.org).
Peter C. Rollins is Regents Professor of English and American Film Studies at Oklahoma State University and editor in chief of the magazine Film & History (www.filmandhistory.org).

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