Twentieth Century American History through Film: Hollywood Does History
by Professor Maureen Melvin Sowa
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This course will examine the turbulent decades of twentieth century American history through an examination of the movies produced during and about this century. A survey of Americans indicated that they actually know a great deal more about their history than thought by academics; unfortunately, they have learned most of that history through Hollywood’s (and now television’s) treatment of historically important events and themes. One historian has commented that “we are what we see.”
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