Friday, September 16, 2011

PBS on 1812; Smith on 1812

With the bicentennial looming, PBS is beating the drums for its forthcoming documentary on the war of 1812, produced by the Buffalo/Toronto PBS station WNED.
This two-hour HD documentary uses stunning re-enactments, evocative animation, and the incisive commentary of key experts to reveal little-known sides of an important war....
sez the press material.   And the associated website offers trailers, links to the DVD and book, essays, maps, classroom materials and much more.

The program airs October 10 at 9 pm.

Meanwhile Andrew Smith's blog ponders historical memory and commemoration: the various ways the war will, and should, and should not, be presented in the US, in Canada, in Britain, in universities, and in popular awareness.

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