The two movies we have watched up to this point in the semester, Gangs of New York and Modern Times, both deal with disadvantaged groups coping with tremendous change and upheaval in America. Your first major writing assignment is to analyze one (not both) of these movies and what it says about the struggles of the group it represents, either newly-arrived immigrants or the working poor. Using at least two other course readings, analyze how well this fictional movie seems to represent the social changes occurring during the period it presents. What are the benefits or drawbacks to watching this film as part of our discussions of this time in American history? Does it belong in a CH 203 course?
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