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Overview: Apart from westward expansion, the major topics of the pre-Civil War era have been largely ignored by Hollywood. Indian removal, the Bank War, nullification, the women’s rights movement, utopian communities—none has been the subject of a serious film.

The film Little Women, though set during the Civil War, does provide a glimpse into such topics as family relations, schooling, an... more

Important films of this era

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