Posted by Daniel Sauerwein on October 14, 2010
I received information about this resource a few weeks ago and have meant to post it up here. For Love of Liberty tells the story of African-American contributions to America’s military history. The website will be closing soon, due to an apparent lack of funding, so go there soon to check out photos and other materials. I am making available chapters of the documentary and the film, including facilitator guides, so that this information is available to educators. Below is information about this program.
You can download the facilitator guides at this link: (I have attached them for you)
For Love of Liberty Documentary Links:
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Revolution
Chapter 3: The Civil War
Chapter 4: WWI
Chapter 5: WWII
Chapter 6: The Korean War
Chapter 7: The Vietnam War
Chapter 8: The Middle East
Chapter 9: Conclusion
You can view photos here.
Please check out this information and consider showing it to students.
Posted in 20th Century Military History, 21st Century Military History, American Military History, Cold War, Conflict, General, Global War on Terror, Gulf War/Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Indian Wars, Korean War, Spanish-American War, US Air Force, US Army, US Coast Guard, US Marine Corps, US military, US Navy, Vietnam War, World War I, World War II | Tagged: African Americans, For Love of Liberty, US military | 1 Comment »
Posted by Ross on January 4, 2010
[Cross-posted at Thoughts on Military History and Birmingham “On War”]
Here is a trailer for the upcoming mini-series from HBO. It is produced by the same team that brought us Band of Brothers. The key difference, other than being set in a different theatre of war, is that it is not based on one book but two. Making it different again is that these books, With the Old Breed by Eugene Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie, are memoirs and not an operational history like Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers. It will be interesting to see how they integrate these two stories in the series. I am looking forward to seeing it as Band of Brothers was a good series that given the limitations of the genre stayed quite faithful to the book. My only concern is how will the series deal with some of the issues raised by combat in the Pacific such as the brutality that was quite unlike what was seen in the European theatre. Also how will it represent the experience of the Japanese soldier. I have these concerns simply because TV/Film is now the key method by how young people consume information and having taught ‘A’ Level history I know that there is lack of proper reading and that many myths are built up by simply consuming TV History. unfortunately, pupils/students of this age take much of what is shown in these programmes as red and fail to understand that there is more complex narrative to the events than they seemingly care to understand. While I can sit and enjoy it for what it is the question remains can pupils/students who think that by watching it they are gaining an insight into history. I admit to having used elements of Band of Brothers in teaching. Indeed when teaching Leadership to a group of Public Service student on a BTEC course I used elements to illustrate the problems of small unit leadership and unit cohesiveness that grows out of a shared experience. I also used the following scene when teaching the Holocaust to illustrate the reaction to that event:
While of course it was not archival footage it did have a more potent impact on the students I was teaching. Why? I am not sure. To be honest I did not think about it at the time. I just realised that something they might have already watched would be useful in reinforcing an image and understanding that I was trying to give them. I suppose this is the power that TV/Film has on young people and if used properly and in the right context it can be useful pedagogical tool. But the problem is context. Without young people take what is shown as accurate. I suppose this is why as a historian I do get annoyed with Hollywood and its representation of history. Do not get me wrong there are good historical films out there but they lack depth and in a society where information is power and where people want it on tap a lack of depth and context can be a dangerous thing.
Posted in US Marine Corps, World War II | Tagged: Memory, Public History, Second World War | 4 Comments »