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Title: History Goes to Hollywood

History Goes to Hollywood
  • A Film Based US History Curriculum
  • Lauren Ashley Waters, Robin Richards,
  • Ashley Powell, Tiffany Thomas

Themes in this Curriculum
  • Conflict- focus on the major conflicts associated
    with each Era
  • Change- focus on the changes in people, places
    and society over the course of these eras

Era 1- Three Worlds Meet (pre 1620)Timeline-
world events
  • 1. 1581        Akbar, Mughal Emperor of India,
    conquered Afghanistan.    (TL-MB, 1988, p.23)
  • 2. 1582        Feb 24, Pope Gregory XIII issued a
    papal bull, or edict, outlining his calendar
    reforms. The old Julian Calendar had an error
    rate of one day in every 128 years. This was
    corrected in the Gregorian Calendar of Pope
    Gregory XIII, but Protestant countries did not
    accept the change till 1700 and later. see 1552
    and Oct 4, 1582    (HFA, '96, p.22)(TL-MB,
    1988, p.23)(HN, 6/7/98)(SFEC, 2/20/00, Par
    p.7)(AP, 2/24/02)
  • 3. 1583        Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-1598),
    Japans unifier and folk hero, laid the
    foundation for Osaka Castle. It was completed in
    1587. Civil war and fire destroyed the castle
    several times. The castle was rebuilt in 1931 and
    refurbished in 1997.    (Hem, 9/04, p.41)
  • 4. 1598        Apr 13, King Henry IV of France
    endorsed the Edict of Nantes, which granted
    political rights to French Huguenots. (The edict
    was abrogated in 1685 by King Louis XIV, who
    declared France entirely Catholic again.)

Era 1- Georgia events
  • 16th Century - Creek controlled almost all of
  • 1526 - September 29 - First colony on mainland
    America is established by Lucas Vazques de
    Ayllon, believed location of the settlement to be
    on Georgia's Sapelo Island
  • 1540 - Spaniard Hernando de Soto explores Georgia
  • 1566 - Forts were built along the Atlantic coast,
    including the first in Georgia on St. Catherine's

Era 1 Film
  • The New World (2005)- Modern retelling of the
    classic story of Pocahontas and John Smith during
    the early days of the Virginia colony in the 1600s

Why this film?
  • The case study of The New World film was chosen
    because of the ability for students to see the
    conflicts between two cultures (the explorers and
    the Native Americans). The conflicts of the
    settlement in the foreign land also arise for the
    explorers because of diseases and the struggles
    to be pioneers settling Jamestown. The theme of
    change is demonstrated when each culture has to
    adapt and evolve to accept each other and the new
    ways of living. The Indians were introduced to
    guns and the Jamestown settlers were introduced
    to new farming methods.

Other Era 1 films to consider
  • The Crucible
  • 1492 Conquest of Paradise

Era 2- Colonialization and SettlementTimeline-
  • . 1665
  • Great Plague in London kills 75,000.
  • 2. 1666
  • Great Fire of London. Molière's Misanthrope.
  • 3. 1667
  • Milton's Paradise Lost, widely considered the
    greatest epic poem in English.
  • 4. 1683
  • War of European powers against the Turks (to
    1699). Vienna withstands three-month Turkish
    siege high point of Turkish advance in Europe.

Era 2- Timeline- US Events
  • 1650 - Cherokee Nation had successfully migrated
    southward, occupying more than 40,000 square
    miles in the southern Appalachian Mountains.
  • 1663 - March 24 - Charles II delivers the 1629
    charter to the Earl of Claredon, the Duke of
    Albemarle, Sir George Carteret and five other
  • 1665 - July 10 - Second charter extends the
    bounds of the grant to 36 30' and 29 N Lat.
    This is approximately from the northern border of
    North Carolina (36 34') and Daytona Beach,
  • 1733- The colony of Georgia is established by
    royal charter and settled in Savannah by James
    Oglethorpe on February 1, 1733

Era 2 Film
  • The Scarlet Letter (1979 miniseries)
  • Classic retelling of Nathaniel Hawthornes tale
    of Hester Prynne, Puritan society and the
    punishments inflicted upon sinners

Why this film?
  • The Scarlet Letter is based off of the book by
    Nathaniel Hawthorne. This story is excellent at
    telling how religion ruled the New England
    Colonies. It also shows how conflict can arise
    and how change needs to take place. It allows
    students to study the conflicts that arise when
    humans are trying to stay close to God through
    never sinning (doing wrong). It shows the power
    struggles between the established religion and
    the common parishioner.

Other Era 2 films to consider
  • Johnny Tremain
  • The Last of the Mohicans

Era 3- Revolution and the New Nation- Timeline-
  • 1772
  • Joseph Priestley and Daniel Rutherford
    independently discover nitrogen. Partition of
    Polandin 1772, 1793, and 1795, Austria, Prussia,
    and Russia divide land and people of Poland, end
    its independence.
  • 1773        Jul 21, Pope Clement XIV abolished
    the Jesuit order. He disbanded, defrocked, and
    stripped them of their sustenance. They were
    ignored by other orders and denounced as schemers
    and plotters. The Jesuits finally regained
    respectability in 1814after flourishing
    underground.    (HN, 7/21/98)(MC, 7/21/02)
  • 1774        Jul 16, Russia and the Ottoman Empire
    signed the treaty of Kuchuk-Kainardji, ending
    their six-year war. This brought Russia for the
    first time to the Mediterranean as the
    acknowledged protector of Orthodox Christians.  
     (HN, 7/16/98)(WSJ, 4/29/99, p.A24)
  • 1781
  • Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Herschel
    discovers Uranus.

Era 3- Timeline Georgia events
  • 1778- Siege of Savannah ends with the city
    falling to British troops Dec. 29
  • 1794-May4 - General Elijah Clarke, dissatisfied
    with the Treaty of Paris, crosses the Oconee and
    establishes the Transoconee Republic in Creek
    lands. The republic is 10 miles wide and
    stretches for 120 miles along the Oconee River.
  • 1801-December 5 - Clarke and Tattnall Counties
  • 1819- May 22 - S.S. Savannah sails from Savannah,
    Georgia and arrives in Liverpool, England on June

Era 3 Film and Lesson Plan
  • The Patriot (2000)
  • After proving himself on the field of battle in
    the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants
    nothing more to do with such things, preferring
    the simple life of a farmer. But when his son
    Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new
    nation, America, against the British, Benjamin
    reluctantly returns to his old life to protect
    his son, now serving under his command, and his
    family from British tyranny.
  • Revolution LP.doc

Why this film?
  • An excellent movie to show the ideas surrounding
    and the strength of the common man during the
    Revolutionary War is The Patriot. This movie
    shows the conflict between America and Great
    Britain just before the American Revolution broke
    out and then takes the viewer through the South
    Carolina campaigns. One of the key statements in
    the movie is how everything is going to change
    Cornwallis (in the movie) says everything has
    already changed. It is an excellent film to view
    the traditional colonist and does not focus on
    the men who were made famous by the revolution
    Sam Adams, Washington, Jefferson, etc.

Other Era 3 films to consider
  • The Crossing
  • 1776
  • The Hessians

Era 4- Expansion and Reform (1801-61) Timeline
World Events
  • 1803- Napoleonic Wars begin
  • 1819 Simon Bolivar liberates New Grenada
    (present day Columbia, Venezuela)
  • 1825- First passenger carrying railroad car in
  • 1839- First Opium Wars begins between Britain and

Era 4- Georgia events
  • 1801- The University of Georgia opens for classes
  • 1831- US Supreme Court rules Indian tribes can
    not sue in court in Cherokee Nation VS. Georgia
  • 1859- Georgia prohibits the post-mortem freeing
    of slaves by will and testament. State
    legislature votes to permit blacks to be sold
    into slavery if they have been indicted as
  • 1860- Georgia ranked 4th for amount of cotton

Era 4 film
  • The Alamo (2004)
  • Historical drama detailing the 1835-36 Texas
    revolution before, during, and after the famous
    siege of the Alamo (February 23-March 6, 1836)
    where 183 Texans (American-born Texans) and
    Tejanos (Mexican-born Texans) commanded by
    Colonel Travis, along with Davey Crockett and Jim
    Bowie, were besieged in an abandoned mission
    outside San Antonio by a Mexican army of nearly
    2,000 men under the personal command of the
    dictator of Mexico

More Era 4 films
  • The Alamo (1960)
  • Texas (1994) Based on James A Michener's best
    selling novel

Era 5- Civil War and Reconstruction Timeline-
World events
  • 1861- Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria,
    dies of typhoid fever
  • 1862- Russian Czar Alexander II frees the Serfs
  • 1867- The British North America Act creates a
    self-ruling Canada under British dominion
  • 1869- Suez Canal opens. Shortens trip to India by
    over 4,000 miles

Era 5- Georgia Events
  • 1860- Georgia secedes from the Union
  • 1862- Fort Pulaski captured by the Union Army.
    Savannah is all but surrounded.
  • 1862- The Great Locomotive Chase takes place
    between Big Shanty (now Kennesaw) and Tunnel
    Hill, GA
  • 1864- Atlanta capture by General Sherman. March
    to the Sea begins. Savannah captured December
  • 1870- Georgia is readmitted into the Union

Era 5 Film
  • Gone with the Wind (1939) Considered by many to
    be the greatest film ever, this epic covers the
    life of a Georgia family before during and after
    the Civil War
  • Civil War LP- GWTW.doc

Why this film?
  • Why not?
  • Especially for those in Georgia, the students can
    relate to this film as it mentions a lot of
    places that they are familiar with. The film
    depicts, with major detail, the events,
    conditions and hardships faced by those who lived
    in the South during the Civil War era. More times
    than not, a student has at least heard about the
    Civil War in Georgia and the references to GWTW.

More Era 5 films
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Ironclads
  • Glory
  • Gettysburg / Gods Generals
  • Red Badge of Courage
  • The Great Locomotive Chase

Era 6- Development of the Industrial US
(1870-1900) Timeline World events
  • 1870- Franco-Prussian war
  • 1884- Berlin West African Conference
  • 1888- Jack the Ripper murders in London
  • 1893- New Zealand become first country in the
    world to let women vote

Era 6- Georgia events
  • 1871- Georgia represented for the first time in
    both houses of Congress
  • 1881 First African American Nursing School opened
    at Spelman College
  • 1886- Coca-Cola went on sale for the first time
    in an Atlanta drugstore
  • 1891- Jim Crow laws enacted in Georgia, Alabama,
    Arkansas, and Tennessee

Era 6 film-
  • Gangs of New York (2002)
  • This film depicts the wave of immigration that
    hit New York City and the social issues and
    problems that surfaced as foreigners adjusted to
    their new homeland.
  • Immigration LP.doc

More Era 6 films
  • Union Pacific
  • I Will Fight No More Forever
  • Fort Apache
  • High Noon
  • Pony Express
  • Son of the Morning Star
  • They Died with Their Boots On
  • Tombstone

Era 7- The Emergence of Modern America
(1890-1930) Timeline World events
  • 1914- Jun 28 -Archduke Franz Ferdinand is
    assassinated in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
    signaling the snowball effect that led to the
    start of WWI on August 2nd.
  • 1915- May 7- RMS Lusitania is sunk by a German
    U-boat without warning off the south coast of
    Ireland. Of the 2200 on board, 1128 die,
    including 128 Americans. Her sinking would
    eventually led the US into WWI almost two years
  • 1917- April 6- the US formally declared war on
    Germany after Germany resumes unrestricted U-boat
  • 1919- US Senate rejects the Treaty of Versailles
    and the League of Nations, causing the US to not
    become part of the new world body

Era 7- Georgia Events
  • 1906- Race Riots break out in Atlanta. Several
    hundred are killed
  • 1909- First racetrack in Atlanta is built on the
    Fulton-Clayton County line. While the track goes
    bust in ten years, an airplane that buzzed the
    field foretold its future. The racetrack was
    known as Candler Field, which later became
    Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport
  • 1915- Leo Frank, after having his sentences
    commuted by Governor Lewis Slaton, is broken out
    of prison, driven to Marietta and lynched for
    allegedly murdering Mary Phagan. It was later
    found that Frank did not murder Miss Phagan, and
    he was pardoned in 1986.
  • 1917- 73 square blocks of Atlanta is burned
    during the Great Fire of Atlanta. 10,000 people
    are left homeless

Era 7 film
  • Sgt York (1940)
  • The classic film starring Gary Cooper in the
    title role as a Tennessee born against Christian
    and pacifist who overcomes his convictions after
    being drafted into WWI and later on single
    handedly captures 132 Germans in battle

Why this film?
  • This film is an allegory to what the US was going
    through prior to WWII. York represents the
    isolationist and neutral sentiments of the
    American people prior to the war, and the film
    mirrors the sentiment of the government to try
    and get ready for an upcoming war (both WWI and
    WWII). Also, the back story about life in
    Appalachia exposes the students to how people
    survived during this time.

More Era 7 films
  • The Lost Battalion
  • A Night to Remember / Titanic (1997) / Titanic
  • A Farewell to Arms
  • Eight Men Out
  • Warm Springs
  • St. Valentines Day Massacre
  • The Untouchables

Era 8- The Great Depression and WWII (1929-45)
Timeline World Events
  • Sept 14 1930 - Germans elect Nazis making them
    the 2nd largest political party in Germany.
  • Jan 30, 1933- Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor of
    Germany, starting the Third Reich
  • Sept 1, 1939- Germany invades Poland, signaling
    the start of WWII
  • Apr 30, 1945- Hitler commits suicide in his
    Berlin bunker along with his wife. Berlin falls
    May 3. Germans surrender May 7

Era 8- Georgia Events
  • Dec 15, 1939- Gone with the Wind premieres in
  • 1942 - January 28 - The Eight Air Force is
    activated in Savannah.
  • 1943- Georgia allows 18 year olds to vote
  • 1945- April 12- President Roosevelt dies at Warm
    Springs, Georgia.

Era 8 film
  • Saving Private Ryan (1997)
  • Perhaps the most accurate depiction of the
    Normandy landings, this film focuses on a platoon
    sent behind enemy lines to find one soldier so
    that he may be sent home.

Why this film?
  • This film was made to honor the men and women
    from The Greatest Generation who sacrificed
    their lives to rid the world of tyranny. The film
    depicts with harrowing accuracy the landings at
    Normandy and the hardships the Allied troops had
    to endure just to establish a foothold on
    Hitlers Fortress Europe.

More Era 8 films
  • Pearl Harbor / Tora! Tora! Tora! / December 7th
  • Patton / MacArthur
  • Battle of the Bulge / The Longest Day / Midway
  • The Great Escape
  • Nuremberg / Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Fat Man Little Boy
  • The Thin Red Line (1964)
  • The Best Years of Our Lives

Era 9- Postwar US (1945-early 70s)Timeline World
  • Oct 1949- The Peoples Republic of China is
    proclaimed after Nationalist forces escape to
  • 1950 June -- Korean War begins. Armistice is
    signed July 1953
  • 1957- The USSR launches Sputnik, the first man
    made satellite into space
  • 1964 Oct 16 -- China detonates its first atomic

Era 9- Georgia Events
  • February 15, 1950 Marietta Air Force Base is
    renamed Dobbins Air Force Base in honor of Capt.
    Charles Dobbins, a flyer from Marietta who was
    shot down in the Mediterranean Sea near Sicily in
    July, 1943
  • March 1, 1950 Herman Talmadge, Walter George,
    Richard B. Russell and William Hartsfield break
    ground on the Corps of Engineers project at Lake
  • January 18, 1950 Georgia State Industrial
    College renamed to Savannah State College City of
    Savannah, Georgia
  • November 19, 1960Georgia on My Mind by Ray
    Charles reaches Number 1
  • April 4, 1974 Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruths all
    time home run record, hitting HR 715 in Atlanta.

Era 9 film
  • Selma, Lord, Selma (1999)
  • In 1965 Alabama, an 11 year old girl is touched
    by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. and
    becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is
    tested when she joins others in the famed march
    from Selma to Montgomery.
  • Selma March LP.doc

Why this film?
  • I chose my lesson based on the theme of conflict
    and change. During the Civil Rights Era there was
    a great deal of change as far as African
    Americans stepping up and saying We will
    overcome. Conflict comes in when white Americans
    were not fair and did not treat African American
    with the respect all humans deserve. We also
    decided that we would relate our cases to movies
    which is where technology comes in. I used the
    Disney movie Selma Lord Selma as my film. This
    film depicts a little girls courage to stand up
    for her rights. It articulates the feelings of
    African Americans during the movement. It shows
    real events and a fact based account of history.

More Era 9 films
  • American Graffiti
  • The Right Stuff / Apollo 13
  • JFK
  • Mississippi Burning / Malcolm X
  • Quiz Show
  • The Green Berets / Forrest Gump
  • Platoon / Full Metal Jacket
  • Thirteen Days / Fail Safe / Dr. Strangelove

Era 10- Contemporary America (1968- present)
Timeline World Events
  • 1975- As the last Americans evacuate from the US
    embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam falls to the
    Communist forces from the North.
  • 1980- Polish shipyard workers form the Solidarity
    Party in Gdansk, signaling a change in politics
    in Soviet controlled Eastern Europe
  • 1989- In what is dubbed The Year of Democracy,
    the pro-Soviet governments in East Germany,
    Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Romania collapse to
    pro-democracy movements. A similar movement
    begins in China, but is crushed by the Army
    overnight in Tiananmen Square.
  • 2001- The Global War on Terror begins as the US
    and her allies invade Afghanistan to topple the
    pro-bin Laden Taliban government.

Era 10 Georgia Events
  • 1976- Jimmy Carter, then Governor of Georgia, is
    elected the 39th President of the US, making him
    the first Georgian to occupy the White House
  • 1988- Atlanta hosts its first political
    convention by hosting the Democrats at the Omni
    in Atlanta. Michael Dukakis is nominated, then
    loses to George HW Bush.
  • 1996- Atlanta hosts the largest sporting event in
    the world during the Centennial Olympic Games.
  • 2003- Georgias 48th Infantry Brigade is among
    the several tens of thousands of troops sent to
    Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom

Era 10 Film
  • All the Presidents Men (1976)
  • This film tells the story of Carl Bernstein and
    Bob Woodward, two Washington Post journalist who,
    after investigating the Watergate break-in,
    stumble upon a cover-up that eventually brings
    down the President.

Why this film?
  • After Watergate, people are now more distrusting
    of their government than in previous times. By
    viewing this film, they not only learn of the
    corruption that tried to cover up the scandal to
    begin with, but they come away with the notion
    that no one in the government is above the law
    and that it is the job of someone to make sure
    that notion stays true.

Era 10 Films
  • The China Syndrome
  • Wall Street
  • Jarhead
  • The War Room
  • Bowling for Columbine / Roger Me / Fahrenheit
  • United 93

  • 1. World History. July 2, 2006.
  • 2. Timelines of History. July 3, 2006.
  • 3. Brief Timeline of American Literature and
    Events. D. Campbell Last Modified 20 Feb 2006
  • 4.Georgia History Timeline- http//www.shgresource
  • 5. Living Atlanta An Oral History of the City,
    1914-1948. Clifford M. Kuhn, et.al. Athens,
    Georgia. University of Georgia Press. 1990.
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