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Overview: Up until the 1950s, Hollywood presented a highly simplified and romanticized portrait of the Civil War. None of the hundreds of films that dealt with the conflict indicated that the Confederacy touched off the war by attacking Fort Sumter. None indicated that the Civil War had anything to do with slavery.

These films disseminated a “moonlight and magnolias” mythology about the slaveholdi... more

Important films of this era

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