Introduction

As you watched the movie "Forrest Gump", you were traveling through the decades of the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's with the movie's hero. We paid special attention on some historical highlights covered by "edited" documentary scenes, that referred to real historical events.

As journalists for a news magazine that is assembling a team of writers to collaborate on a commemorative issue of a specific decade in the mid twentieth century, we offer you this careful analysis as an example of what it takes to appreciate the difference between fact and official history. Like the movie's success that used historical events which were depicted as landmark references, primary documents breathe life into history.

The personalities and events of the the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's are filled with life through the historical documents that make current lies rather transparent.




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