U.S. History in Film

Prof. McClurken’s HIST 329 — Fall 2008

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Long Walk Home

Just aside note before I get rolling on the Long Walk Home – I didn’t post on The Best Years of Our Lives because of the fact that I was freaking out about my thesis and our projects. In a nutshell – I LOVED it. Probably because it was fictional characters with somewhat reasonable predicaments […]

The Long Walk Home

By far the most poignant film we have seen this semester. We covered a lot in our class discussion, from differences/similarities in gender roles between blacks and whites, the specifics about the bus boycotts, and the difficulties of being a black or white person during this time period.
One thing I was hoping we would […]

Dr. M’s “A Long Walk Home”

Dr. McClurken likes A Long Walk Home because it has a sense of the period that it depicts, the early Civil Rights movement with the Montgomery bus boycott. It shows the lives of a middle-class white housewife and her black maid. He agrees with me that Miriam’s part in the carpool troubling because although some […]

The Long Walk Home

I struggled with how to frame my blog about this movie. I have plenty to say, I just have no idea how to say it. My biggest fear, in summarizing The Long Walk Home was not an issue of finding something profound to say. Any profundity was found, and made, in the midst of this […]

The Long Walk Home

Wow! What a great movie, what an emotional movie, and what a pertinent movie. With it being exactly one week after the election of our nation’s first black president, I could not stop thinking about how monumentous that election really was as I watched The Long Walk Home. I was born in 1987 and grew […]


HIST 329 US History in Film Fall 2008 TR, 9:30-10:45 Course Description This course examines historically oriented motion pictures as both primary and secondary sources of information about the past. It starts from the premise that the content in films, as with written sources, can (and should) be critically analyzed for its perspectives, interpretive choices, […]

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Class Films Pocahontas (1995) Last of the Mohicans (1992) The Patriot (2000) Amistad (1997) Gone with the Wind (1939) Glory (1989) My Darling Clementine (1946) Matewan (1987) Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Long Walk Home (1990) Reefer Madness (1938) Born on the Fourth of July (1989) All the President’s Men (1976) Available as project […]