I have an essay on 19th century mill girls in this anthology of the history of women in western and central Massachusetts, and am also featured as a subject. Published by The Republican, Springfield, Massachusetts
Coming in October … my latest book!
HOLLYWOOD FIGHTS FASCISM
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s remark in 1936 memorialized, even when they were still just teenagers, the generation that would later be called The Greatest Generation: “There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.”
The Greatest Generation received instruction, inspiration, and, of course, entertainment from a source that affected them perhaps more than even the generations to follow, who grew up with greater technology: the movies.
This book is a collection of essays adapted from my Another Old Movie Blog, which strives to examine classic films in the context of the eras in which they were made. The movies of the day tell us a lot about that generation, what was expected of them, what they hoped to achieve, and how they saw themselves. It is not a perfect measuring stick, but the movies of the day show a passion for fighting fascism by everyday people that may shame their twenty-first century descendants. Or at least, it should.
Bless you all and best wishes for better months ahead.
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