Write two reviews of documentary films from the American Experience website. The review should be 1-2 pages long, double-spaced, with a 12-point font size and 1-inch margins all around.
Your review should offer a brief summary of the film (1-2 paragraphs) and then offer your reaction to the film (1-2 paragraphs). In your summary, include details that show you watched the film. In your reaction, tell me whether you liked or disliked the film, what you learned from it, and (as a result of watching this movie) what topics or questions you might want to learn more about in the future.
You may write and submit two reviews. If your review is well written, and demonstrates that you watched the film and thought about it, you will receive up to 5 points (up to 10 points for 2 reviews). If the paper is done poorly, I reserve the right to award zero extra credit points. If you commit plagiarism on this paper (intentionally or unintentionally), I reserve the right to subtract 5 points (or 10 points for 2 reviews) from one of your exam grades, and I may also contact the Dean of Student’s Office to have the incident of plagiarism noted in your file. (Repeated incidents of plagiarism can result in expulsion from SHSU.) Plagiarism is defined in the syllabus.
For the review, please choose from among the films listed as available for instant watching on the American Experience website:
Note that not all films are the same length; if you choose to review a longer film, it will still be worth the same number of points as reviewing a shorter film. If you have questions about this, please contact me. Below is a partial list of some of the movies available, as well as one currently available only on youtube.
- The Poison Squad: 113 min.
- McCarthy: 113 min.
- The Feud: 53 min.
- Sealab: 53 min.
- The Chinese Exclusion Act: 120 min.
- The Gilded Age: 120 min.
- The Bombing of Wall Street: 60 min.
- The Eugenics Crusade: 114 min.
- Space Men: 52 min.
- Annie Oakley: 53 min. (female entertainer and sharpshooter)
- Emma Goldman: 53 min. (an immigrant woman who was a radical intellectual and challenged the US government)
- Influenza 1918: 60 min. (killer epidemic, worldwide)
- The Mine Wars: 113 min. (armed insurrection by coal miners in WV)
- Amelia Earhart: 53 min. (the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic)
- Surviving the Dust Bowl: 53 min.
- Roads to Memphis: 53 min. (about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination)
- Summer of Love: 60 min. (1960s counterculture)
- Stonewall Uprising (1969 riot; deals with gay rights): 92 minutes
- Woodstock (covers the first modern rock concert in 1969 and its cultural significance; 120 min.)
- Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (deals with a religious cult that came to a tragic end in 1970s): 90 minutes
available here: https://youtu.be/llLBM58JXB0 (available as of August 10, 2020; may not be available for long)
If you have a membership to amazon Prime, you may be able to access additional American Experience episodes; if you would like to review one of those, please talk to me first.