Author: Jenn

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The Anatomy of My Research

For the past year or so, I have been reading and researching Hollywood’s cooperation with the government during World War II. It has taken me down roads I never thought possible. It’s also led...

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Apollo 11: When Man Walked On the Moon

This week marks a historical moment in space travel—it’s the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Apollo 11 lifted off from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center on July 16, 1969...

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Confessions of a Nazi Spy

WARNER BROTHERS (1939) | DIRECTED BY ANATOLE LITVAK | WRITTEN BY MILTON KRIMS & JOHN WEXLEY  Confessions of a Nazi Spy was the first major film to be unabashedly anti-Nazi. Released in 1939, it was...

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Analyzing Photos from World War II

One of the things that I like to do when I talk to people about history is the use of imagery to understand the effects of war and how it could be used as propaganda by the Allies and the Axis. Both used propaganda to sell their goals and reasons. The Nazis were far more sinister in their propaganda efforts.

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Hollywood Goes to War: Links to Check Out

Hollywood enlisted and then some during World War II. Actors, writers, directors, producers, cameramen and other workers either joined the ranks of the military to fight on the front lines or they worked with the government to produce films to “inform” the American public. As I conduct my research into the collaboration between the film industry and the government, I’ve come across several useful links. 

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Newsreels and World War II

Another aspect of the project I am working is how newsreels were used to information the public. These short films usually were not longer than ten minutes. They appeared before the main future or other films at movie theaters across the nation.