Framing U.S. History
From Birth of a Nation (1915) to They Died With Their Boots On (1941) to Born on the Fourth of July (1989) to Argo (2012) and beyond, film has helped to shape how Americans think about major events in our past. This FYS will focus on how film has represented and/or misrepresented pivotal moments and issues in American history. The course will be organized on a loose chronological basis, beginning with silent film and moving through more contemporary films. However, the course will not be a history of U.S. film or film criticism but rather a snapshot of important historical moments in U.S. history as represented in U.S. films. The course will consider various historical moments as represented in film from the Civil War to the near present. Students’ research projects will consider a film(s) but focus on the historical event represented in the film(s).