Saturday, March 26, 2011

Monday, 4/25: Stonewall Uprising on PBS' American Experience

Aksarbent is a huge fan of American Experience. Its documentaries are uniformly illuminating and compelling. We like that in the promotion for Stonewall Uprising, PBS calls the event "a major turning point" and not the "beginning" of the gay rights movement in America, since San Francisco was way ahead of New York in that respect in 1969.

While perusing online viewing choices on the American Experience web page, Aksarbent noticed that the program about Dolley Madison can now be seen online. Watch it.

The program about Dolley Madison reminded us of the long view of history, especially in light of the recent death of Elizabeth Taylor, a loyal friend of gay people who put her money and her influence where her mouth was, but who, at the end of the day, was merely a great movie star (or, if you will, actress.) Dolley Madison was a great American in whose debt every citizen who followed will always be. If you only know of her as a celebrated White House hostess who set a high standard for other first ladies, you don't know the half of it.

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