In this essay, you will need to make an argument explaining the role that military personnel (both officers and regular soldiers) played in the conduct, motivation, and outcome of the Civil War. In other words, how did the decisions made by the officers, and the long-term impact of war on the rank and file, affect the eventual outcome of the Civil War? In addition, you will need to make an assessment of how well you think Hollywood has presented that argument to the American public. For this question especially, you should take into consideration the years in which these films were produced and discuss what effect Americans’ views of war during those time periods, and the people who fought in them, may have had in influencing Hollywood’s interpretation of this earlier mid-nineteenth-century war. Remember that the words “positive” and “negative” can be defined in several ways. Make sure you explain your interpretations carefully.
ONLY USE THESE SOURCES TO MAKE AN A:
Textbook: Michael Perman and Amy Murrell Taylor, Major Problems in the
Civil War and Reconstruction, 3rd edition. (Boston, MA: Wadsworth, 2011).
Make sure you have the 3rd edition.
ALSO READ THE FOLLOWING CHAPTERS:
Chapter 5 – Chapter 6
ALSO WATCH THESE 3 FILMS:
The Red badge Of Courage (1951)
The Horse Soldiers (1959)