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            For your final paper, choose one of the movies from the list below (or one off the list with the approval of your professor), watch it, and write a 900 to 1500-word(not including your title or identifying information at the top of the page) paper about how the movie aligns with historical information you learned in this course during the semester. Your paper should be typed in either Times New Roman or Cambria, 12-point-font and double-spaced. (You can create a cover page, but it is not necessary for completion of the assignment.)


DO NOT summarize the movie. Instead, concentrate on the historical pieces the movie attempts to show and discuss how correct (or incorrect) these items are.


You should submit your paper through the link on Canvas by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday, December 5.


Note: Canvas will run your paper through a plagiarism checker. If your paper is flagged as plagiarized, you will not only earn a 0, but the university honor court will also be informed, which could result in failing the course or suspension from the university.



Movie Title IMDB Description
12 Years a Slave(2013) In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
1776 (1972) A musical retelling of the American Revolution’s political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.
The Alamo (2004) Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna’s forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.
Amistad (1997) In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.
Beloved(1998) Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of a mysterious young woman.
The Birth of a Nation (2016) Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.
The Conspirator(2010) Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.
The Crossing (2000) A dramatization of George Washington’s perilous gamble of crossing the Delaware River and attacking the Hessian forces at Trenton.
The Crucible(1996) A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover’s wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.
Desperate Crossing: The True Story of the Mayflower(2006) History Channel’s depiction of the journey of the Mayflower.
Django Unchained(2012) With the help of a German bounty hunter, a freed slave sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
The Far Horizons (1955) After purchasing Louisiana from France, the USA sends surveyors Lewis and Clark, assisted by a Shoshone guide, to chart the new territory.
The Free State of Jones (2016) A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.
Gangs of New York (2002) In 1862, AmersterdamVallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father’s killer.
Gettysburg (1993) In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.
Glory (1989) Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
Gods and Generals (2003) The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863.
Gone with the Wind(1939) A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
How the West Was Won (1962) A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the nineteenth century—including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.
Last of the Mohicans (1992) Three trappers protect the daughters of a British Colonel in the midst of the French and Indian War.
Lincoln (2012) As the American Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
National Treasure(2004) A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries.
The New World (2005) The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.
The Patriot (2000) Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.
Pocahontas(1995) An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia.
The Red Badge of Courage(1951) Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane’s novel about a Civil War Union soldier who struggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.
Underground Railroad: The William Still Story (2012) The story of William Still, a former slave who escaped through the underground railroad. The film documents how he became one of the most active people in assisting with the escape of others.


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