Perspectives On History--Research Paper


Your assignment this semester will allow you to investigate a remarkable transformation in the world of entertainment and technological history--the conversion of movies from silence to sound. While, as you will learn, this is a lengthy process, we shall focus on the years from 1926 to 1931, as discussed in Donald Crafton's book, The Talkies. Each of you will be asked to review one year of this transition in The New York Times, and discuss the artistic, technological, and economic changes that occured during that year, using the newspaper as a major (but not the only) source in this transformation.