Date of Award

Fall 2020


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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA) in History




The first goal of this project is to build a case that historical accuracy in film is an especially important criteria when teaching using film, and that educators and their students should be able to discuss any historical inaccuracies in a way that does not diminish enjoyment of the film. Aside from students, there should also be an expectation from the general populous that when a film claims to be historically accurate its inaccuracies should not be harmful to the overall conversation. Secondly, this project will attempt to build criteria for critiquing and analyzing a film based on balanced criteria of historical accuracy and enjoyability. And thirdly, I will apply that criteria to some more recent films, thereby judging their usefulness as teaching tools as well as show how certain films “do” better history than others.