The Reel Civil War the Reel Civil War Bruce Chadwick

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The Reel Civil War the Reel Civil War by Bruce Chadwick
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More movies have been produced about the Civil War than about any other aspect of American history. From 1903 (Uncle Toms Cabin) to the present, film studios have released more than eight hundred silent and sound pictures about the nations mostMoreMore movies have been produced about the Civil War than about any other aspect of American history.

From 1903 (Uncle Toms Cabin) to the present, film studios have released more than eight hundred silent and sound pictures about the nations most cataclysmic event. In this wonderfully comprehensive study, Bruce Chadwick first shows us how historians, journalists, playwrights, poets and novelists of the late nineteenth century--partly as an effort to reconcile former antagonists--rewrote the wars history to create enduring legends, most of which had no basis in reality.Early silent films followed their example, presenting egregiously distorted--and anti-black--stories about the war, which viewers accepted as truth.Dr.

Chadwick gives us a clear (and sometimes humorous) recounting of those films plots and themes, including D. W. Griffiths Birth of a Nation, and goes on to describe dozens of movies from the twenties and



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