“Harvest of Shame” and “Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment”

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“Harvest of Shame” and “Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment” Nick Boni 11/28/11 BCA 528 Corbett Nick Boni 9/28/11 BCA 528 Paper #1 “Harvest of Shame” and “Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment” The Main goal of a Documentarian is to gather research, facts, and details in order to create evidence. They present this information to an audience in order to confidently express their opinion, and goals. As World War II began, the use of non-fiction film became a popular tool in order to inform and educate. This market, however, was successful for films on industrial sales, promotions, and education purposes. The Documentary industry was slowly fading while loosing financial support and it’s audience. It was the introduction to television that drove the documentary into what’s known as its “golden age.” As we entered this “golden age” the United States was going through times of radical change, rebellion, and a thirst for a better America. There was a divisions growing through the county, whether it was racial group or wealth, the American Dream was no longer visible for all citizens. Both, Harvest of Shame and Crisis: Behind A Presidential Commitment, strongly advocate change for the United States citizen that faced adversity every day, and both did so using various film techniques. Harvest of Shame is a television documentary that emphasized the difficulty the American migrant agricultural worker face in a time of change. Edward Murrow, a broadcast journalist, presented it on CBS as another installment of “CBS Reports.” The Program premiered November 25th, 1960, the day after Thanksgiving. The documentary shines a light on the common migrant workers of all race groups struggling to live day to day. He directly addressed their harsh lifestyle, constant travel, low wages, and the adversity laid upon their entire families. Harvest of Shame repeatedly uses

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