America (1924)

America lobby poster.jpgGeorge Washington was born on February 22, 1732. He was a great leader and the first President of the United States of America. He is remembered for his achievements in helping lead America through the Revolutionary War. All of this is why he is remembered today on his birthday. Finding a movie where George Washington is prominent was not as easy as I thought it would be. In D.W. Griffith’s film America, George Washington is portrayed by Arthur Dewey. In this 1924 masterpiece there is the reminder as to why George Washington fought alongside many of the men who gave Americans their freedom.

The movie is split in between two places Northern New York and Lexington, Massachusetts. In Massachusetts we are introduced to Nathan Holden, an express rider. He is sent to deliver a message to a Tory judge, only to fall in love with his daughter in Virginia. Nancy Montague, the daughter, is torn between her father’s love for the homeland of Britain and her brother who has decided to join up with George Washington. We are introduced to George Washington when Holden goes to visit him in Valley Forge. Throughout the rest of the film we watch as the George Washington helps lead the colonists to victory in the background with Nathan being the character we follow. All of this leads up to George Washington accepting a victory by General Cornwallis.

America is a masterpiece to me because of its depiction of George Washington. On this day a great American leader was brought into the world only to be remembered. George Washington is forever known as a hero.


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