Preface.Introduction: THE ANALYSIS OF PRIMARY SOURCES: AN INTRODUCTORY COMMENT.I. PROGRESSIVE AMERICA: MILITANT REFORM AND POSTWAR REACTION. 1. Social Protest: A Corner in Wheat (1909) as Muckraking Film. 2. Cultural History Through a Cloudy Lens: The Birth of a Nation (1915) and the Racial Climate of Progressive America. 3. Social Change and Sexual Politics: Dancing Mothers (1926) and Moral Ambiguity in the Jazz Age. 4. The End of Romantic War: All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and Disillusionment in the Interwar Era II. A NATION UNDER STRESS: FROM THE DEPTHS OF ECONOMIC DESPAIR TO THE BRINK OF WAR. 5. Making It in Depression America: The Streets or the Stage as Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) 6. The Resilient People: The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Exposes Poverty in the Land of Plenty. III. A DEMOCRACY OF WAR. 7. Thinking of Intervention: Foreign Correspondent (1940) and the Winds of War. 8. Government Persuasion: Prelude to War (1943), The Negro Soldier (1944), and the Issues of the War. 9. Social Unity in a Nation at War: Since You Went Away (1944) and Women's Mobilization for Victory. IV. COLD WAR AMERICA: DOMESTIC ANTICOMMUNISM AND FEAR OF FAILURE. 10. Hollywood's Cold War: The Suppression of Salt of the Earth (1954). 11. A Cautionary Tale: Dr. Strangelove as a Vision of Nuclear Endgame. 12. The Alienation Films of the 1960s: Alice's Restaurant (1969), The Graduate, and Social Fragmentation. V. LEGACIES: TOWARD MODERN AMERICA. 13. Worker Solidarity and Human Dignity: Norma Rae (1979) and Southern Labor Activism. 14. Coming Home (1978): Vietnam and the Uncertain Future of American Foreign Policy. 15. Unfinished Business: Do the Right Thing (1989) and the Escalation of Social Tension. 16. Suburban Anxiety in Modern America: American Beauty (1999) and the Pitfalls of Prosperity.<
By combining the study of films with the text-based primary sources, Screening America gives students clear guidance in studying, interpreting, and understanding the motion picture's significance as a primary source in investigating U.S. History.
James J. Lorence, Eminent Scholar of History, Gainesville College