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SUBJECTS — U.S./Arizona and The Frontier; The West;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage in War;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Respect.
Age: 8+; Not Rated; Drama; 1948; 127 minutes; Color.
An officer from the East takes command of a small U.S. Army fort deep in Indian territory. Smarting from a post-Civil War demotion and assignment to an inferior post, he hopes that a battle with the Apaches will result in a promotion. The officer gets his battle, but it's much more than he bargained for.
Fort Apache accurately shows camp life, entertainment, and military politics on a U.S. Army outpost in the Southwest during the years after the Civil War. The Apaches are portrayed with respect. The false and dishonorable manner in which the U.S. government treated Native Americans is not glossed over. Some of the dialogue with the Apaches is in Spanish.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Fort Apache will help teachers supplement classes on U.S. history and relations with Native Americans.
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Fort Apache will introduce the role of the U.S. Army in the campaigns against Native Americans and show what life was like in army camps after the Civil War.
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Cochise (died 1874) was, at first, friendly to whites. But in 1862, soldiers executed several members of his family. He turned hostile and, for nearly ten years, terrorized whites in the Arizona territory. Cochise' attacks were brilliantly conceived and savage. After the Civil War, U.S. troops moved against him in force. Cochise surrendered in 1871. When he was ordered to take his tribe to a reservation in New Mexico, he refused and escaped to Mexico with a few hundred followers. The next year, at a peace conference, he agreed to take his Chiricahua people to a reservation in Arizona where he lived out his life.
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