This entry in the "See America First" series focuses on the ten years prior to the US Civil War. We see monuments and buildings associated with people and places of that era. Some of these ... See full summary »
This entry in the "See America First" series focuses on the ten years prior to the US Civil War. We see monuments and buildings associated with people and places of that era. Some of these are: a monument to slaves in Nachitoches, Louisiana; the Brunswick, Maine home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, where she wrote the novel "Uncle Tom's Cabin"; Fort Nashboro in Nashville, Tennessee; composer Stephen Foster's home in Bardstown, Kentucky; the grave of abolitionist John Brown at his family's farm in North Elba, New York; and Andrew Jackson's home, The Hermitage. Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This, the sixth entry in Warner's 'See America First' series, covers the South. We get to see all the survivals of Southern gentility: a man who was supposed to be the oldest ex-slave alive at the time -- reported age of 114 in the year of this movie's release, and the statue of a 'good servant' erected by the people who, presumably owned him, to go with the statues of a fast horse later on.
Narrator John B. Kennedy always narrated these shorts in a just-the-facts-ma'am voice, but he does manage to sound disapproving in those sections, before going on to less inflammatory sights, such as John Marshall's home, then back to the point at hand: Harriett Beecher Stowe, other abolitionists and, of course, Lincoln.
The print that showed up on TCM is dark with low contrast, as if a storm is about to break. Or perhaps the Civil War will be refought in the theater.
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