American Experience rolled out the red white and blue carpet last night for a special screening of our upcoming documentaryThe Boys of '36, about the U.S. men's rowing team who took gold at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin. Not only were we joined by our exclusive corporate funder Liberty Mutual, but we also had several former and current U.S. Olympians attend with our engagement partner, USRowing. Some of them even brought their gold medals!
They bloomed out of bloodbath, but what they came to represent was a retelling of the soldiers' lives who gave them life.
On the fields of Flanders in WWI, colonel John McCrae wrote a poem which would eventually make its way into the Ladies Home Journal in 1918. He observed that among the chaos of the dead and dying, red poppies had sprung to life in erratic lines among the rows of crosses.
American Experience intern, Tayla Wilson, did a lot of research on presidential history this semester. Here, she weighs in on her favorite female presidential candidate in U.S. history.
Nestled beside an ad for mayonnaise in the July 1956 edition of the Woman's Home Companion, ecologist Rachel Carson pens an appeal to mothers to foster an interest of the natural world in their children. She reassures even the most skeptical matriarch that "exploring nature with your child is largely a matter of becoming receptive to what lies all around you."
Command and Control, the new American Experience documentary, directed by Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) and based on the critically-acclaimed book of the same title by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), makes its world premiere this Sunday, 4/17, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.