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“Frederick Aiken: A Rookie Defender”

Mar 14, 2011 at 9:53pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Frederick Aiken: A Rookie Defender
Historian Kate Larson suggests that Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) failed in his defense of Mary Surratt due to his general inexperience as a lawyer.
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“The Private Life of Mary Surratt”

Feb 14, 2011 at 8:36pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

The Private Life of Mary Surratt
When audiences first meet Mary Surratt in the film THE CONSPIRATOR, the only thing they will know about her is that she is the mother of John Surratt, Jr., a Booth cohort...
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“April 1865: Lincoln, Washington City, and the Civil War's End”

Jan 11, 2011 at 7:54pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

April 1865: Lincoln, Washington City, and the Civil War's End
For Americans in both the North and South, April 1865 was an emotional rollercoaster: incredible happiness and shock, anger and fear...
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“The Best American History Movies NEVER Made”

Feb 23, 2010 at 1:24pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Discussions

The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
As we at the American Film Company have endeavored to turn American history into movies, I've been struck by how many amazing true stories have not been given the green light...
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“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:54pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The year was 1969, an age of rebellion—when villains could be heroes, and do-gooders were rejected by a progressive generation with a thirst for freedom. It was the year of EASY RIDER, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, and the classic buddy western, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.
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  • Kressel
    07/17/2014 at 9:59am

    Kressel

    Not quite an American hero, but this sounded interesting: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/07/16/331743569/episode-552-the-dollar-at-the-center-of-the-world#commentBlock

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  • ProudAmerican
    09/15/2013 at 7:18pm

    ProudAmerican

    The options posted on here are amazing. I'd watch them all. Roosevelt's western experience would be most captivating for me (please do not leave out his role in Montana).

    Something else to consider is the story of Henry Plummer and his gang/deputies. From what I've understood the actions of the citizens revolting against the Sheriff, Henry Plummer, and his men where part of what created the vigilante law in the US. This is a little known story even to people in the area, Virginia City, Montana. I'm not sure how I first heard of it but it has mesmerized me ever since.

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  • Kressel
    06/26/2013 at 9:43am

    Kressel

    Oh, and another suggestion, especially in light of yesterday's Supreme Court decision: a film about Yick Wo v. Hopkins. Hardly anyone knows about it, but it should have set precedent for all ethnic/racial discrimination cases. It was not long after the Civil War, and a Chinese immigrant proved discriminatory practices that prevented him from running a laundry service.

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  • Kressel
    06/25/2013 at 11:27am

    Kressel

    I'd also like to see something about the New Deal - the story of a real American who was part of the WPA. I think the Library of Congress has a whole slew of interviews from them.

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  • Kressel
    06/25/2013 at 11:26am

    Kressel

    Now that you've done Confederate woman Mary Surrat, how about two women who spied for the Union: Elizabeth Van Lew and Mary Bowser?

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“The Best American History Movies NEVER Made”

163 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

As we at the American Film Company have endeavored to turn American history into movies, I've been struck by how many amazing true stories have not been given the green light... More

“Historians View the Assassination”

87 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved. More

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

73 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters. More
 

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