Civil War Era Studies
I stood in front of the rostrum in the National Cemetery with my parents. They hadn't seen the movie yet. My best-friend was next to them. He hadn't seen it yet. Another compatriot joined us who had seen it, but we were definitely outnumbered in our little knot of folks within the massive crowd. As Spielberg continued speaking, I leaned in to the group. "You really need to see the movie," I said, knowing that no matter whose ears it hit the odds were it'd hit a meaningful target. [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M., "Spielberg's Dead Wrong about the Dead; or, The Places in the Movie Where I Cried" (2012). Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public. 104.