Released in September 2017, The Vietnam War, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10-part, 18-hour documentary series, has been widely acclaimed by film critics. In an interview with the Harvard Gazette, Burns addressed the timing of the film, explaining, “You need the passage of time, the triangulation of scholarly information.” And yet, while historians—makers of such scholarly information—were consulted in the making of the series, their voices—and their interpretive disputes—are notably missing on screen.
Cara Caddoo is an assistant professor at Indiana University, Bloomington. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana, and has been a member since 2010.
By Justene G. Hill
Over the past few years, several movies and television shows have delved into the history of slavery in the United States. From the dramatic (12 Years a Slave and Django Unchained) to the comedic (Key & Peele), slavery has been re-introduced as a theme in American popular culture. In January 2015, NBC announced that it would air an eight-hour miniseries called Freedom Run, based on Betty DeRamus’ 2005 book Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories from the Underground Railroad.
The premise of Hamilton: An American Musical sounds a bit like a desperate high school history teacher’s last-ditch effort to engage apathetic teens: a hip-hop musical telling the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the less iconic founding fathers.
This post is one of a series on the film Selma and examines the film and the impact of the civil rights movement on the United States’ international reputation during the Cold War. The author, Mary L. Dudziak, is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University,
This is one of a series of blog posts written by historians and filmmakers on the film Selma. The author, Adam Green, is associate professor of history at the University of Chicago.
This post is one of a series on AHA Today in which historians and filmmakers reflect on the historical value of the film Selma. The author, Carol Anderson, is an associate professor of African American studies at Emory University.
This post is one of the AHA Today series, which examines the historical value of the film. The author, Jonathan Scott Holloway, is dean of Yale College