Filmography Of American History / Edition 1

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Containing over 200 films, this resource is ideal for students, teachers, and other viewers who are interested in using films to enhance their knowledge of American historical events and periods. Along with traditional historical categories, such as the two World Wars, the Civil War, and the Great Depression, the book emphasizes immigrant, multicultural, and women-centered films to portray the fullness of the American experience. It also analyzes representations of people and events across different films for a variety of viewpoints, and considers how films reconfigure a past era through the issues of the day in which they were produced.

For ease of use, the book is organized into time periods. Each entry contains:

•the setting




•the year of production


Ratings are supplied to identify audience-appropriateness. The detailed narrative supplies a brief plot summary along with a thesis supported by strong examples from the film, such as excerpts of dialogue and factual details from history. The entries encourage readers to view the film through the lens of history and to consider it within the larger nexus of films listed in that particular chapter. Frequently, the historical focus considers both the time period depicted in the film and the time period in which it was made. The running times provide readers with a quick access to key scenes for further study. Each entry also concludes with sources for further reading, and indexes identify those films with multicultural and women's themes.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Tracey (film studies, Univ. of Northern Iowa) has designed this guide to over 200 U.S. feature films and documentaries as a guide for teachers interested in highlighting the multicultural contributions of immigrants, ethnic groups, and women. Incorporating films from the silent era to the present, the alphabetically arranged entries cover 14 historical periods, from "America Before the Civil War" to "Watergate, Political Cynicism, and Hope." Each entry includes a brief plot summary, setting, cast and crew, running time, and sources for further reading. Almost all included films are readily available on VHS or DVD and are already part of the existing canon. Partly because Tracey seeks the best multiculturally focused films to express each period, some of the chapters are brief. Thus, there are only five films for the antebellum period, although the Depression includes 19 features and four documentaries. Still, the unexpected selections throughout should stimulate teachers to expand their syllabuses, although on occasion the "further viewing" selections for example, Roots arguably should have received greater prominence. This will work best in conjunction with numerous fine monographs on history and film, such as Mark Carnes's Past Imperfect and Joseph Roquemore's History Goes to the Movies. Recommended for all academic and public libraries. Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ., TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313313004
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

GRANT TRACEY, an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Northern Iowa, teaches film studies and creative writing.

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Table of Contents

1 America Before the Civil War 1
2 The Civil War, 1861-1865 9
3 The Way West and America's Two Solitudes, 1840-1900 19
4 The Country versus the City: The Agrarian and Industrial Conflict, 1870-1940 41
5 Immigration and the Challenge to Anglo-Conformity, 1885-1961 63
6 World War One and Goodbye to All That, 1916-1933 79
7 The Great Depression, Documentary Expression, and Representing the Previously Unrepresented, 1929-1967 91
8 World War Two and the Individual versus the Collective, 1933-1950s 123
9 Postwar Alienation and Despair, 1946-1962 143
10 Civil Rights and the Battle for the Inclusion into the American Dream, 1949-Present 175
11 The Atomic Bomb, Cold War Paranoia, and the Expanding National Security State, 1946-Present 201
12 Viet Nam and the Things We Carry, 1954-Present 241
13 The Counterculture Rebellion and the Quest for Authenticity, 1961-Present 257
14 Watergate, Political Cynicism, and Hope, 1972-Present 281
App. 1 Multicultural Films 307
App. 2 Woman-centered Films 309
General Index 311
Title Index 333
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