American History Goes to the Moviesby Bryan Rommel-Ruiz, associate professor of history

Using films from many different genres, the book draws together movies that depict the Civil War, the Wild West, the assassination of JFK, and the events of 9/11 to show how viewers use movies to make sense of the past. Rommel-Ruiz addresses how we render history for popular enjoyment and how Hollywood’s depictions of America influence the way we see ourselves and make sense of the world.

ISBN-13: 978-0415802208. Published by Routledge, 2010.