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9780805037609

Past Imperfect : History According to the Movies

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    9780805037609

  • ISBN10:

    0805037608

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1996-11-15
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks

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Summary

In this widely-acclaimed volume, some of our greatest historians address the facts-and fiction-as seen in Hollywood's often epic recreations of historical events. Distinghuished historians such as Stephen Ambrose, Antonia Fraser, James McPherson, Gerda Lerner, Dee Brown, Frances FitzGerald, David Levering Lewis, and Simon Schama explore the relationship between film and the historical record. Offering hundreds of movie stills, archival photographs, maps, and other illustrations, along with sidebars on related historical events, Past Imperfect sheds new light on the uses of history in popular culture.

Author Biography

Mark C. Carnes is the chairman of the department of history at Barnard College, Columbia University, and the executive secretary of the Society of American Historians.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9(2)
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN ERIC FONER AND JOHN SAYLES 11(19)
THE ESSAYS
JURASSIC PARK
30(6)
Stephen Jay Gould
65,000,000 B.C. The species Velociraptor becomes extinct along with the rest of the dinosaurs.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
36(4)
Alan F. Segal
c.1250 B.C.E. Moses defies Pharaoh Ramses II and leads the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt.
SPARTACUS
40(4)
W.V. Harris
73-71 B.C. Spartacus leads a slave rebellion against the Romans.
JULIUS CAESAR
44(4)
Michael Grant
March 15, 44 B.C. Brutus, Cassius, and other republican-minded senators assassinate Roman dictator Julius Caesar.
HENRY V: TWO FILMS
48(6)
Anthony Lewis
October 25, 1415 Henry V and his English army defeat the French at Agincourt.
JOAN OF ARC: THREE FILMS
54(6)
Gerda Lerner
May 30, 1431 At Rouen, Joan of Arc is burned at the stake as a heretic.
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: TWO FILMS
60(6)
Carla Rahn Phillips
William D. Phillips, Jr.
1492 Christopher Columbus makes his first voyage to the New World.
ANNE OF THE THOUSAND DAYS
66(4)
Antonia Fraser
January 25, 1533 Henry VIII of England secretly marries second wife Anne Boleyn.
A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS
70(4)
Richard Marius
July 6, 1535 Thomas More is beheaded for refusing to support Henry VIII in his Great Matter.
AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD
74(4)
Stephen Minta
July 4, 1561 Lope de Aguirre and the remnants of the Ursua expedition reach the mouth of the Amazon.
BLACK ROBE
78(4)
James Axtell
1632 French Jesuits in Canada begin annual publication of the Relations.
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
82(4)
Richard White
1757 A French and Indian army besieges Fort William Henry on the New York State frontier.
THE SCARLET EMPRESS
86(4)
Carolly Erickson
June 28, 1762 Catherine the Great becomes empress of Russia after a military coup.
1776
90(4)
Thomas Fleming
July 4, 1776 The Second Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence.
DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK
94(4)
Anthony F. C. Wallace
August 2, 1777 Col. Barry St. Leger besieges American militiamen at Fort Stanwix in the Mohawk Valley.
MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY
98(6)
Greg Dening
April 28, 1789 Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny against Capt. William Bligh of the Bounty.
DANTON
104(6)
Robert Darnton
April 5, 1794 Georges Danton and his fellow Indulgents are guillotined.
THE BUCCANEER: TWO FILMS
110(6)
Sean Wilentz
January 8, 1815 Gen. Andrew Jackson defeats the British at the battle of New Orleans.
THE ALAMO
116(4)
Marshall De Bruhl
March 6, 1836 Mexican general Antonio Lope de Santa Anna captures the Alamo
THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
120(4)
Richard Slotkin
October 25, 1854 The British Light Brigade makes its suicidal charge against the Russian line at Balaklava.
THE YOUNG LINCOLN: TWO FILMS
124(4)
Mark E. Neely, Jr.
May 7, 1858 Abraham Lincoln defends William "Duff" Armstrong in a murder case in Beardstown, Illinois.
GLORY
128(4)
James M. McPherson
July 18, 1863 The Fifty-fourth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry attacks Fort Wagner outside Charleston, S.C.
GONE WITH THE WIND
132(4)
Catherine Clinton
September 1, 1864 Union general William Tecumseh Sherman captures Atlanta, Georgia, portions of which he later burns.
THE BIRTH OF A NATION
136(6)
Leon F. Litwack
March 2, 1867 Congress passes the First Reconstruction Act, which divides the South into five military districts.
THE MOLLY MAGUIRES
142(4)
J. Anthony Lukas
October 27, 1873 Pinkerton agent James McParlan heads for western Pennsylvania to begin investigating the Molly Maguires.
THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON
146(4)
Alvin M. Josephy, Jr.
June 25, 1876 Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer's Seventh Cavalry is massacred at the Little Bighorn.
FORT APACHE
150(4)
Dee Brown
1879 Camp Apache in Arizona officially becomes Fort Apache.
THE TALE OF WYATT EARP: SEVEN FILMS
154(8)
John Mack Faragher
October 26, 1881 Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and Doc Holliday fight the Clanton gang at the O.K. Corral.
KHARTOUM
162(4)
David Levering Lewis
January 26, 1885 The Sudanese forces of the Mahdi capture British-held Khartoum.
MURDER BY DECREE
166(4)
David Cannadine
August 31, 1888 Jack the Ripper murders his first victim in the Whitechapel district of London.
FREUD
170(4)
Peter Gay
1895 Sigmund Freud and Joseph Breuer publish Studies in Hysteria.
YOUNG WINSTON
174(4)
William Manchester
1899 Winston Churchill escapes from a Boer prisoner-of-war camp.
HESTER STREET
178(4)
Joyce Antler
1903 Abraham Cahan begins editing the Jewish Daily Forward.
GALLIPOLI
182(4)
Kenneth T. Jackson
April 25, 1915 Australian and New Zealand troops invade Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula.
WORLD WAR I: FIVE FILMS
186(6)
Tom Wicker
July 1, 1916 The first battle of the Somme begins when eleven British divisions attack across a fifteen-mile front.
REDS
192(4)
Christine Stansell
October 26, 1917 V.I. Lenin's Bolshevik party establishes a revolutionary government in Russia.
ROSA LUXEMBURG
196(4)
John Patrick Diggins
January 15, 1919 During the Spartacist Revolt, Rosa Luxemburg is arrested and executed by Berlin police.
THE FRONT PAGE
200(4)
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
May 5, 1920 Anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti are arrested for the murder of a factory paymaster.
MATEWAN
204(4)
Eric Foner
1920 A bitter coal-mine strike in southern West Virginia culminates in the Matewan Massacre.
SHANGHAI EXPRESS
208(4)
Jonathan D. Spence
May 1923 Chinese bandits seize a train bound for Tientsin and hold twenty-six Western passengers for ransom.
HOUDINI
212(4)
John F. Kasson
October 31, 1926 Harry Houdini dies of peritonitis in a Detroit hospital.
SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS
216(4)
Gore Vidal
May 29, 1932 The Bonus Army of World War I veterans arrives in Washington, D.C.
BONNIE AND CLYDE
220(4)
Nancy F. Cott
May 23, 1934 Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are ambushed and killed outside Arcadia, Louisiana.
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
224(4)
Alan Brinkley
May 1934 Dust storms blow the topsoil off more than fifty million acres of farmland in the Midwest.
TORA! TORA! TORA!
228(4)
Akira Iriye
December 7, 1941 A Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor devastates the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
PT 109
232(4)
Richard Reeves
August 2, 1943 A Japanese destroyer rams PT 109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy.
THE LONGEST DAY
236(6)
Stephen E. Ambrose
June 6, 1944 The D-Day invasion begins with Allied landings at five beaches in Normandy.
PATTON
242(4)
Paul Fussell
March 28, 1945 The U.S. Third Army under Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., begins crossing the Rhine in force.
FAT MAN AND LITTLE BOY
246(4)
Mark C. Carnes
July 16, 1945 Scientists from the Los Alamos laboratory detonate the first atomic bomb at Alamogordo, New Mexico.
THE HUMAN CONDITION
250(4)
Carol Gluck
August 9, 1945 Soviet tanks invade Manchuria, which has been a Japanese puppet state since 1932.
GANDHI
254(4)
Geoffrey C. Ward
August 15, 1947 India becomes independent after nearly two centuries of British colonial rule
TEA AND SYMPATHY
258(4)
George Chauncey
September 30, 1953 Robert Anderson's Tea and Sympathy premieres on Broadway.
THE LONG WALK HOME
262(4)
Jacqueline Jones
December 5, 1955 Blacks in Montgomery, Alabama, begin a year-long boycott of that city's segregated buses.
DR. STRANGELOVE
266(4)
Paul Boyer
1962 Herman Kahn publishes Thinking About the Unthinkable.
JFK
270(4)
Stanley Karnow
November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas.
MISSISSIPPI BURNING
274(4)
William H. Chafe
June 21, 1964 Three civil rights workers disappear in Neshoba County, Mississippi.
MALCOLMX
278(6)
Clayborne Carson
February 21, 1965 Members of the Nation of Islam murder Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City.
APOLLO 13
284(4)
Andrew Chaikin
April 13, 1970 Fifty-five hours after liftoff, an oxygen tank in the Apollo 13 service module explodes.
APOCALYPSE NOW
288(4)
Frances FitzGerald
April 30, 1970 President Richard Nixon reveals that U.S. troops in Vietnam have crossed into Cambodia.
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
292(4)
William E. Leuchtenburg
June 17, 1972 Police arrest five men for breaking into the Democratic party offices at the Watergate.
NIXON
296(4)
Bob Woodward
August 8, 1974 During a nationally televised speech, Richard Nixon announces that he will resign the presidency.
THE EMPEROR'S LAST REVIEW
300(5)
Simon Schama
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN MARK CARNES AND OLIVER STONE 305(8)
The Contributors 313(3)
Index 316

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