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By Donald F. Stevens

Combining background with discussions of dramatic cinema, according to a real tale: Latin American historical past on the video clips examines how movie has portrayed Latin the United States from the overdue 15th century to the current. The publication opens with an advent at the visible presentation of the earlier within the video clips, whereas the remainder of the ebook includes essays that discover the simplest function movies on Latin the US from the pro historian's viewpoint.

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The Arawak came onto the beach; they did not lurk in the woods. They were not at all threatening, they were carrying no weapons of any kind, and Columbus stresses their docility. He does not see them at all as enemies; in fact, his description emphasizes their status as exploitable entities. He mentions that the men wore their hair long, Page 22 which to a sixteenth-century Spaniard represented feminization and therefore subservience. 23 They were naked. When they were shown steel swords, they cut themselves on the blades.

Were they really ignorant of navigational techniques as Scott's interpretation suggests? Whether Columbus did rally his crew or not, as historians suspect, the reasons for a reluctance to continue probably had nothing to do with superstition. 22 Whichever account of the famous mutiny is true almost does not matter because this story has become a component in the construction of Columbus as hero and man of science. Its reproduction in the film only inscribes this ideological interpretation within that tradition.

He assumed that history was shaped by the lives of great men and that knowledge of the past was encapsulated in "episodes" in the lives of the powerful. Few professional historians today would share those assumptions. The days of heroic history are past. Movies, though, still lend themselves to action and heroes. Griffith believed that history was important and interesting but he thought that professional historians were not. He assumed without question both an interest in the past and the value of teaching and learning history.

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