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The Birth of a Nation (1915)

It is almost impossible to talk about early American cinema without mentioning D.W. Griffith's 1915 Civil War-era epic, The Birth of a Nation.  The film achieved so much in terms of its scope, production techniques, use of editing, and its special effects that it is difficult to ignore.  Yet, its ...

Superman Goes to War

In 1941 Fleischer Studios began work on a spectacular series of Superman cartoons.  These short films were some of the most expensive produced to that date and, by 1942, the Fleischer brothers had been removed from the project.  The second sequence of cinematic Superman cartoons (1942-1943) paid ...

What Dixie Means

A Song of the South – Decoding Dixie

'Dixie' -the unofficial anthem of the Confederate States of America- is one of the most controversial and divisive songs in American history.  For many modern day appreciators of the track, 'Dixie' is a charming, nostalgic look at the American South, a celebration of the region's sense of its own ...

The Future of the Western

The State of the Western in 2013

The State of the Western in 2013   Disney's The Lone Ranger cost a reported $215 million to make.  Since its release earlier this year it has earned just $89 million at the US box office.  When the film's international haul of $171 million is taken into account, the situation appears ...

Exhuming John Brown's Body

John Brown’s Body

Celebrating the launch of the new podcast series, The Artist in American History, this special episode explores the significance of the artist in American history by examining the evolution of "John Brown's Body", from abolitionist folk anthem to "Battle Hymn of the Republic" in the early years of the ...

Death and the Frontier

Death and the Frontier: The Execution of William Crawford and the Gnadenhutten Massacre

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="767"] Right Click and Save to download MP3[/caption]   With Disney's The Lone Ranger limping towards its DVD release, now is a good time to reflect upon the ways in which Americans, Europeans, and their descendants have produced and consumed popular media ...

The Artist in American History

The Artist in American History

The Artist and American History - #AmericanStudies   Artistry reflects much about society, culture, and history.  Ideas and assumptions about race, gender, sexuality, and class can find expression in the creative works of decades past.  Over the past year the American Studies and History ...


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