In the Ken Burns’s documentary The Civil War, historian Shelby Foote described what he saw as the importance of the war in American national identity and cultural memory: “Before the war, it was said ‘the United States are.’ Grammatically, it was spoken that way and thought of as a collection of independent states. And after the war, it was always ‘the United States is,’ as we say today without being self-conscious at all. And that’s the sum of what the war accomplished. It made us an ‘is’” (Burns 1990).
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- 6.Although The Green Berets (1968) was released as the war was still in progress (and directly dealt with the war), it was not received at the time as a serious-minded treatise on the war but rather as a jingoist call to arms and a condemnation of how the war was being reported, both seen as grossly out of step with what was increasingly becoming the national mood. Sidney J. Furie’s The Boys of Company C (USA/Hong Kong, d) is generally seen as one of the first objective (nondocumentary) Vietnam War films.Google Scholar
- 7.For further reading on Bakhtin, see Gary Morson and Caryl Emerson’s Mikhail Bakhtin: Creation of Prosaics (Redwood City: Stanford University Press, 1990).Google Scholar