Nowhere did I find projectors used more than in the classrooms of my history teachers. Those big CRT TVs tucked into the far corner of the classroom were no longer used for showing documentaries – now, images were more captivating than ever before by making them larger than life. As we read from our text books about the Revolutionary War, Civil War, The World Wars and beyond, we were now able to be transported to the battlefield. History came to life in front of us, and became far more interesting than simply following along in a text book.
Now, teachers have the added benefit of streaming services such as Netflix and Prime. A brief perusal of the documentaries currently streaming on Netflix will illustrate the huge variety available:
The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns Five Came Back, the story of how Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, William Wyler and George Stevens impacted World War II with their films, and how the war affected their lives; and then there’s the American Experience: Rachel Carson, which is the story of the biologist who sounded the alarm on DDT, which was used extensively in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.