Required Books and Films

Program texts:

Catton, Bruce.  The Civil War (ISBN 978-0-828-10305-3)
Dickstein, Morris.  Dancing in the Dark (978-0-393-33876-8)
Rosenstone, Robert.  History on Film/Film on History (978-0-582-50584-1)
Steinbeck, John.  Of Mice and Men (978-0-140-17739-8)

Additional titles may be added in the coming weeks.  Other required readings will be posted on the password protected link on the program website (accessible only to students registered in the program).


Two films per week will be screened at home.  There will be no required screenings during the first week of classes.  If you want to get a jump on the second week, we will begin with Birth of a Nation (D.W. Griffiths) on Monday, Jan. 10 and Gone With the Wind on Wednesday, Jan. 12.  Films must be screened before the class when they are assigned.

We are finalizing the list of films.  Many but not all of the films below will be screened during the quarter.  The list is roughly chronological:

  • Gettysburg
  • Glory
  • The Red Badge of Courage
  • The Civil War (Ken Burns)
  • The Way West (Ric Burns)
  • Cold Mountain
  • Dances with Wolves
  • Little Big Man
  • Red River
  • They Died With Their Boots On
  • Unforgiven
  • Stagecoach
  • Grapes of Wrath
  • Sullivan’s Travels
  • Ironweed
  • The Public Enemy
  • Golddiggers of 1933
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang
  • Citizen Kane
  • Maltese Falcon
  • Bride of Frankenstein
  • It Happened One Night
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • My Man Godfrey
  • His Girl Friday
  • Duck Soup
  • Bank Dick
  • The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
  • They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
  • Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Chinatown

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