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In 1932, times were hard for many as jobs were not easy to find and people had difficulty putting food on the table. In March of that year, nine black boys ventured out looking for work only to find themselves caught in a series of events that would drastically change their lives. They hopped on a train car where they ran into some white boys also in search of jobs. After getting in a fight, the black boys eventually found themselves charged with raping two white women who were also on the train but in a different car....
Little did William Penn know that his plans for a “Great Towne,” set up in rectangular form between the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, would become the site of some of the most important meetings in our nation’s founding, including the meeting that formed our national government. The Constitutional Convention was held in the Pennsylvania State House during the hot summer of 1787. The windows were kept shut and guards posted so that outsiders could not hear the discussions.Essential Question
There are certain subjects that rarely succeed at the box office. Until the mid-1970s, and the smashing success of Rocky, sports movies almost always flopped with the general public. In past years, westerns and swashbuckling adventure films have often been box office duds. But one genre has consistently failed. Hollywood has never made a film about the American Revolution that has lived up to expectations. Curiously, Hollywood has made more successful movies about the French and Indian War, including The Last of the Mohicans...
Throughout the twentieth century, many influential Hollywood films, such as Birth of a Nation, Gone with the Wind, Glory, and Amistad, have helped shape the way Americans have thought about slavery and its legacy.Birth of a Nation (1915)
Birth of a Nation was the most popular film of...