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When History Is Not Good Enough for Hollywood: Selma, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Germany_smallThis is the first in a series of posts on AHA Today that will discuss the film Selma. Author Kent Germany is associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina and non-resident research fellow with the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center. He is the author of New Orleans After the Promises and editor of four volumes on the Lyndon Johnson recordings, including a digital edition on LBJ and civil rights.

February 25, 2015

Movie Reviews by Historians: Gods and Generals, The Aviator, and Titanic

Each month since June, the National History Education Clearinghouse blog has been reposting reviews of “popular films, documentaries, miniseries, and other history-based features” from the Journal of American History. Below we list the movies they’ve featured, with brief quotes from the reviews. We encourage you to head over to the teachinghistory.org site and check out the full reviews and other resources they have there. Article By: Elisabeth Grant

100 Films Reviewed by Historians

The idea that movies can be a teaching tool has been the theme of the “Masters at the Movies” article series in Perspectives on History since it began in 2006. Over the past 5 years, 17 historians have reviewed or noted over 100 films, applauding some while questioning the accuracy of others. Today on the AHA blog, we put together a list of the movies they’ve mentioned, and the articles they’ve written. Article By: Elisabeth Grant

Historians and The Conspirator: Using Film to ask Big Questions

Is it possible to produce a credible film about the Civil War without mentioning slavery? I’ve now seen The Conspirator (opening this week across the country) twice, and I’m still not sure. This very question provides one of the many elements that make this film such a superb vehicle for teaching and for public conversation on the Civil War. And remember: for the next five years there will be a lot of public conversation about the Civil War. Article By: Jim Grossman, executive director of the AHA