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The Columbia companion to American history on film : how the movies have portrayed the American past

Author: Peter C Rollins
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Miscellanea
Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter C Rollins
ISBN: 023111222X 9780231112222 0231112238 9780231112239
OCLC Number: 52258054
Awards: Winner of Ray and Pat Browne Award for a reference work 2017
Description: xxi, 671 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: pt. 1: Eras --
The Puritan era and the Puritan mind --
The 1890s-1980s --
pt. 2: Wars and other major events --
The American revolution --
The Civil War and Reconstruction --
The Cold War --
The Korean War --
The Mexican-American War and the Spanish-American War --
The Vietnam War --
Westward expansion and the Indian wars --
World War I --
World War II: documentaries --
World War II: feature films --
pt. 3: Notable people --
The antebellum frontier hero --
Christopher Columbus --
The founding fathers --
Indian leaders --
The Kennedys --
Abraham Lincoln --
Richard Nixon --
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt --
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig --
Harry S. Truman --
George Washington --
pt. 4: Groups --
African Americans after World War II --
Arab Americans --
Asian Americans --
Catholic Americans --
Children and teenagers in the twentieth century --
Irish Americans --
Italian Americans --
Jewish Americans --
Mexican Americans --
Native Americans --
Radicals and radicalism --
Robber barons, media moguls, and power elites --
Women from the Colonial era to 1900 --
Women in the twentieth century --
pt. 5: Institutions and movements --
Baseball --
City and state government --
Civil rights --
Congress --
The family --
Football --
Journalism and the media --
The labor movement and the working class --
Militias and extremist political movements --
The political machine --
The Presidency after World War II --
Private schools --
Public high schools --
pt. 6: Places --
The Midwest --
The "new" West and the new Western --
New York City --
The sea --
The small town --
The South --
Space --
Surburbia --
Texas and the Southwest --
The Trans-Applachian West --
pt. 7: Themes and topics --
Crime and the Mafia --
Drugs, tobacco, and alcohol --
Elections and party politics --
Feminism and feminist films --
Railroads --
Sexuality --
Slavery --
pt. 8: Myths and heroes --
The American Adam --
The American fighting man --
Democracy and equality --
The frontier and the West --
Hollywood's detective --
The machine in the garden --
Success and the self-made man.
Responsibility: edited by Peter C. Rollins.
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