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  •  Haven't seen it yet, intend to (7+ / 0-)

    Probably our most interesting and complex president, and consequential, save perhaps Washington and FDR. The older I get the richer I find US history. I was more of a Europe snob when I studied history in college, fool that I was.

    I still await a definitive movie about the founding era. The HBO miniseries John Adams came closest, and I read that Francis Ford Coppola is thinking about making a movie about Hamilton. But I'm hoping for something more sweeping and inclusive, perhaps a Ken Burns documentary series.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 02:54:47 PM PST

    •  I would love a movie about Hamilton (5+ / 0-)

      The Marie Reynolds affair alone would make one hell of a film, along with the veritable blood feuds he had with so many other Founding Fathers (Adams, Jefferson, Burr, etc.).

      •  His childhood, wartime experience (3+ / 0-)
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        relationship with Washington, the Federalist Papers, the battle over assumption and the first national bank, etc. A truly fascinating man.

        Btw, it's Maria, pronounced like the singer Mariah Carey.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:54:04 PM PST

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        •  An "Age of Jackson" miniseries is long overdue (3+ / 0-)
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          The nullification crisis alone could easily have made a gripping feature film like "Lincoln" and the 13th amendment. And these days it would be resonant.  

          •  With the 250th anniversary of 1776 approaching (1+ / 0-)
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            now might be a good time for some network to think about producing a series of miniseries about the entirety of US history, from the pre-colonial to colonial to revolutionary era to today (well, today as of 2026), culminating with a history that has not yet happened, and including of course Obama's election.

            Proposed series:

            1 - Pre-colonial: Antiquity to 1607 (including Vikings)
            2 - Colonial: 1607-1770
            3 - Revolutionary Era/Early Republic: 1770-1828
            3 - Age of Jackson/Populism: 1828-1860
            4 - Civil War/Reconstruction: 1860-1876
            5 - Gilded Age: 1876-1900
            6 - Progressive Era: 1900-1920
            7 - Jazz Age/New Deal: 1920-1945
            8 - Post-War Era: 1945-1968
            9 - Turbulent Years: 1968-1980
            10 - Conservative Era: 1980-2008
            11 - A New Hope: 2008-?

            Obviously, subject to much modification as era lines blur.

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:18:25 PM PST

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            •  hope we could get a "true" version (4+ / 0-)
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              of the history of Native American groups, too.

              This remains a huge moral issue for Americans and for the nation that needs to be faced and corrected somehow.

              I have no solutions at all, but am increasingly aware of the multitude of injustices that have yet to be righted.

              "There's nothing serious about a plan that claims to reduce the deficit by spending a trillion dollars on tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires." - President Obama

              by fhcec on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 09:21:46 PM PST

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