Learning history through movies

To learn about the 1960s, don't watch Mad Men: watch shows produced during the 1960s.

A show produced in the 1960s that is purportedly about the Middle Ages is likely to tell us more about the 1960s then will a show produced today that is purportedly about the 1960s.


  1. I keep telling people exactly this about Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter. It tells us far more about the highly moralistic 19th century New England that he lived in than about the Puritan colony that it was set in.


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