Thomas Doherty, professor and chair, American Studies Program, Brandeis University
The documentary footage and Hollywood films of the war years—compiled, reedited, remade, replayed endlessly—are a vivid cultural heritage and a vital historical link. Wartime images and the values they transmitted changed not only the way Americans saw the movies but helped transform America itself.
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Above: Give It Your Best!, 1942. 2009.2249. Poster, color lithograph. Leonard A. Lauder Collection.