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SUBJECTS — U.S./1861-1865 and Pennsylvania;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Courage in War; Leadership;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Citizenship; Trustworthiness.
Age: 10+; MPAA Rating: PG; Drama; 1993; 261 minutes; Color.
Many historians consider the Union victory at Gettysburg to have been the turning point in the Civil War. This film is a re-creation of the battle. The movie makers attempted to portray events as they actually occurred. The film is based on the historical novel, The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara.
Almost everything shown in this film conforms to the historical record, including Colonel Chamberlain's bayonet charge, Longstreet's objections to Lee's tactics, Lee's statement accepting blame for the defeat, etc.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Gettysburg provides background and discussion questions to help teachers interest students in the Civil War.
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Gettysburg provides a realistic version of the battle that many historians believe was the turning point in the Civil War.
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Chamberlain, when he is talking to the men who refused to fight because their enlistments had expired, tells them that the Union Army is different than other armies that the world had known before. What was his point? Was he correct? What about the rebel army that served under Washington in the American Revolution or the armies of Republican France during the French Revolution? What about the Confederate Army?
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