Return to Film tab
Selected Social and Intellectual Aspects
of the Modern North American Situation

Gary E. Schnittjer
Copyright © 1995, 2008
The purpose of these materials is to gain some perspective on the numerous, dynamic, and interrelated factors that bear on North American society. The historical events and terms of social interpretation are imprecise and overlapping. The lines divide, broadly speaking, political; oppressive-social, terror; religious, intellectual, art; economic-social; and cultural-social.
Monarchy, aristocracy Democracy   Social leveling; Civil Rights  
 colonial outlook American Revolution 1776, French Revolution 1789,
Napoleon 1804
Civil War 1865
Great European War 1914
Bolshevik Revolution 1917
World War II 1945
Korean War 1950
Vietnam 1965-75
Desert Storm 1992
Afghanistan 2001-, Iraq 2003-
Slavery Colonization Hitler’s Germany
Hiroshima, Nagasaki
Iron Curtain, the Cold War (Berlin divided, 1945-1989) Rwanda; The Twin Towers; Sudan
Reformation Revival, personal conversion Denominations; Modernist-Fundamentalist controversy Denominational decline Local, Personal
Renaissance Enlightenment Modern (postmodern) (Late) Modern
Theocentric Deistic Anthropocentric, Agnostic Ethnocentric, Atheistic Egocentric
Classic Realism, Romanticist Surrealistic, Impressionistic,
Tradition, Revelation Reason, Rational   Value  
Agrarian Industrial (Great Depression 1930-33) Technological  
Copernicus Newtonian Quantum Nuclear Relative
Tribal-Rural Town City Suburbia, adolescence Global Village
Classic high culture Big band Radio broadcast popular music Rock Personal mp3 players
Letters, old-time travel Telegraph, Telephone, Electric light, Rail travel Automobiles,
Commercial airlines
Space travel; Interstate highway system personal mobile phones, email, IM, texting; GPS navigation, and so on
Oral, Hand-made visual media Print media, Live theater (circus, tent revivalists, and other traveling shows) Moving pictures, synchronized sound added Broadcast media, Household media players; Rising celebrity of televised news casting and professional sports Digital and computer media; Internet; Video games; Reality television
  Massive European immigration late 19th early 20th cent Prohibition; Lost Generation; Jazz Age; Café Society; Scopes Monkey Trial; Unions Disneyland  Facebook
Also, education changed dramatically. Public education began in Europe not too long after the rise of the printing press and widely available printed materials. At the beginning of the twentieth century about five percent of the population attended college, largely from the upscale classes; by the end of the twentieth century a majority of Americans attended college.

Copyright © 1995, 2008
Return to Film tab