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Wanted: Movie Reviewers

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 7.03.42 AMGreetings all!

I have been toying with the idea of adding a movie/television review section to each issue of The Americanist Independent. There have been a couple of reviews in the past, but I want to make it a regular feature in each issue. Of course I’ll need people to contribute short reviews on recent films or television shows that cover topics of  significance to United States history.

You can submit your reviews HERE.

Naturally, I am open to all suggestions.

For starters, I am considering these:

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With compliments,


A Drive Through Bunker Hill and Downtown Los Angeles

Screen shot 2014-03-07 at 9.38.05 AMWhile clicking around on the Internet Archives website for some useful film footage I stumbled across this great six-minute film plate of a drive through Bunker Hill and Downtown Los Angeles in the 1940s. Studios would shoot shorts like these for background footage in feature films. Most of the apartment buildings, retail structures, and Victorian homes are long gone – though I did catch a glimpse (at 2:20) of City Hall in the distance. There is no sound on this film so you will have to use your imagination. And if you pay attention, you will see that the film crew is being followed by a pair in a black sedan. I wonder who was in it…

With compliments,