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We were there while the Titanic sank we stormed Omaha Beach at Normandy we saw the Battle of Gettysburg in person and we rode throughout the west with Wyatt Earp We were able to do this because Hollywood allowed us to journey to these historic times through the movies Hollywood allows us to journey back in time to see how people lived to witness the major events that shaped our world and help give us a better understanding of a time period that we might not otherwise grasp The movies help give us a visual picture of the past pictures that might not be easily extracted from a book The means by which history has been taught has changed dramatically throughout the course of history Ancient cultures taught history through the oral reciting of events Giving the teller the freedom to change history but also giving people a closeness with the story With the introduction of the written word a more scientific approach was taken and an event could be studied and analyzed by many different people this created a more linear way of thinking about history By putting historical events into movies it changed the way history was perceived History was no longer only on the page of a book it was now visual It had the ability to show things that were hard to describe in words throwing several things at the viewer in one scene where it would take twenty pages to describe the situation on paper It had the ability to reach a new audience and the ability to spread the knowledge of events to people who would not learn it from a book The change has been so drastic that a history class of today would probably learn more about the Civil War from the movie Gettysburg than from reading The Killer Angles the book from which the movie is based It is history written in lightning Former president Woodrow
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