American History at the Movies

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The silver screen has sometimes served as a history book, telling of the people and events that have shaped the United States. Whether those stories are raw or romanticized, music always helps convey the emotions of the drama.

David Garland presents a range of music from a variety of movies based on American history: Native American life in "Mystic Warrior;" presidential politics in "Lincoln" and "Wilson;" battles for civil rights in "Freedom Song" and gay rights in "Milk;" the Watergate scandal in "All the President's Men;" the space race in "The Right Stuff;" and more.