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.