This is the course blog for HIST 329 for Fall 2008. Do you know which films the above images come from?
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I love what you have done with this theme. It may be the best design I have seen yet!
I believe the 4th pic is from “Glory” but I would have to guess about the others (2nd pic is.. “The Color Purple”?)
1st- ‘Best Years of Our Lives’
2nd- ‘The Color Purple’
3rd- No idea… ‘My Darling Clementine’, maybe?
“Matewan” and Reagan
areed on 11 Nov 2008 06:14 pm [edit this]
Again… really liked the movie and enjoyed the side movie debate.
But I thought I would share this. Link.
It is about Reagan and the air-traffic controllers’ strike in 1981. Fairly new in office, Reagan was seen as an American cowboy, because of his Hollywood persona. This intimidation worked not only with foreign diplomats who sometimes didn’t separate the image of Reagan in his movies and in real life, but it also proved to be true domestically when a showdown took place with the strikers. All the air-traffic strikers’ jobs were terminated. Reagan the villain or this story? Unions certainly thought so.
I bring up the Cowboy Showdown Allegory because someone had pointed out that Matewan had sort of the Western Movie archetype. In terms of the time, Matewan certainly would be suggesting a comparison between Reagan and the ruthless Detectives against the poor, hard-laboring workers.–Jackie Reed
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