Spring 2024 History UN2565 section 001

American History at the Movies

Amer. Hist. at the Movies

Call Number 11603
Day & Time
TR 2:40pm-3:55pm
702 Hamilton Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Hilary-Anne Hallett
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

This lecture explores major topics in modern American history through an examination of the American film industry and some of its most popular films and stars. It begins with the emergence of “Hollywood” as an industry and a place in the wake of WWI and ends with the rise of the so-called ‘New Hollywood’ in the 1970s and its treatment of the 1960s and the Vietnam War. For much of this period, Hollywood’s films were not protected free speech, making movies and stars peculiarly reflective of, and vulnerable to, changes in broader cultural and political dynamics. Students will become familiar with Hollywood’s institutional history over this half-century in order to understand the forces, both internal and external, that have shaped the presentation of what Americans do and don’t see on screens and to become skilled interpreters of American history at the movies.

Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 51 students (70 max) as of 9:06PM Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Subject History
Number UN2565
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Note Discussion HIST UN2564 REQUIRED
Section key 20241HIST2565W001