Thursday, January 19, 2006

United We Stand

The first two episodes of “The War That Made America” aired last night on PBS.

At a few points the writer’s really seem to be reaching in declaring things undisputed fact. I think in addition to going a bit too far in attempts at building a cohesive narrative from occasionally questionable sources, they insist on reading modern perspectives into decisions of 2.5 centuries ago. Not to mention placing now-current connotations of some words on their use in period quotes.

Despite, however, the portrayal that cannot escape the notions of today (or an apparently dismal budget), it is at first glance a largely true and educational program. And folk today could do with some education on this particular (vitally important) conflict.

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