Untold History of the United States – Oliver Stone
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History as taught is often incomplete or remiss in providing a broader perspective. This is certainly true for the United States and how little Americans know about their past. Filmmaker Oliver Stone seeks to redress this deficiency in the “Untold History of the United States”. What follows are working links to each episode of the series for those that missed the documentary in 2012.
On a personal note: Early in the series, Stone introduces the audience to General Smedley Butler. At the time of his death, Butler was the most decorated Marine Corp officer in the history of the US Military. After his retirement he had scathing words to share about Capitalism and US Imperialism.
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer; a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
Butler also wrote an honest yet brutal assessment of war titled “War is a Racket”.
Butler was a significant actor in US history that is rarely taught in public schools. Once I learned about Butler, I realized that the America I was taught to believe in is a sham. My opinion has only declined since that realization. And Stone’s series only underscores that perspective.
In the opening episode of the series – Prologue A – there is illuminating footage from the Bush – Gore debate in 2000 on the role of the US military. While hindsight is always 20/20, the clip underscores how easily Americans are misled. The parting words of Dwight D. Eisenhower on the military industrial complex (MIC) already long forgot by 2000.
Forgive the source for these videos – these are the only online copies to be found.
The Untold History of the United States – Oliver Stone
Prologue A- World War I, the Russian Revolution & Woodrow Wilson
Prologue B- 1920-1940, Franklin D.Roosevelt, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin
Chapter 1- World War Two
Chapter 2- Roosevelt, Truman and Wallace
Chapter 3- The Bomb
Chapter 4- The Cold War 1945-1950
Chapter 5- The 50s – Eisenhower, the Bomb & the Third World
Chapter 6- JFK – To the Brink
Chapter 7- Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune
Chapter 8- Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World – Rise of the Right
Chapter 9- Bush & Clinton – Squandered Peace and New World Order
Chapter 10- Bush & Obama – Age of Terror
Rights aren't rights if someone can take them away. They're privileges.
That's all we've ever had in this country, is a bill of temporary privileges.
- George Carlin
Sooner or later we all sit down to a banquet of consequences.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Politics is the entertainment division of the Military Industrial Complex.
- Frank Zappa
September 15, 2020 at 11:58 PM #358635QuietYooperParticipant
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Whether you like Oliver Stone or not, this series is worth the investment. But, it’s quite shocking and does not offer much to feel good about. I started with the modern episodes then went back to watch the earlier ones. This series had a profound impact on my understanding of our country and government.
September 16, 2020 at 1:10 AM #358659RufusTFireflyParticipant
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I own the DVDs and have watched them numerous times. I also own the companion book, which goes into more detail.
My favorite episode is Chapter 2, “Roosevelt, Truman, and Wallace,” which tells the tragic story of a gigantic “what if…” in our country’s history.
Henry Wallace fans who like to read may enjoy, American Dreamer, a biography of Wallace.
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