Monumental Myths is a 47-minute documentary that exposes the perpetuated myths of America’s historic sites and markers. Carved in rock or cast in bronze, monuments are intended — by those who commissioned them — to impart a sense of authority and an unquestionable truth about the people and events they commemorate. Travel across the country in a 1965 Airstream trailer as filmmaker Tom Trinley, supported by historians James Loewen, Howard Zinn and Lonnie Bunch, unveils the half-truths and lies told at some of the nation’s best-known sites giving voice to those whose perspectives would not otherwise be heard and providing a clearer picture of America’s past.
The idea for the film was inspired by the book, Lies Across America, written by best-selling author and sociologist Dr. James W. Loewen. Dr. Loewen was the project’s content advisor and appears on-camera to provide information relevant to each site. Other on-camera experts include Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States and Lonnie Bunch, President of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of African American History.
Watch the full documentary (47 minutes)