Drums Along the Mohawk

Drums along the Mohawk

 

Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert star in this John Ford classic Drums Along the Mohawk. This is a great movie and fairly accurate to the history of the fight in the Mohawk Valley

This is a great movie and fairly accurate to the history of the fight in the Mohawk Valley in NY.

The biggest historical error in the drama was the death of General Herkimer, and then only in the manner of timing. The general died 10 days after his wound while the movie has him dying a few hours, the circumstances

right down to the inexperienced surgeon is spot on.

It is a drama so many of the people and parts and fictitious, a fun project is to look through history to try and tell which ones are which.

There is one spot you should be aware of in the movie. When Henry Fonda arrives at his cabin in the wilderness with his new wife, he leaves her inside for a moment so he can get wood to build a fire.

When a local Indian walks into the cabin unannounced, Fords wife screams uncontrollably. Ford who comes running to see what happened finds her in hysterics and resorts to slapping her to bring back around.

He is immediately apologetic and promises never to do that again. It is a good moment to talk about the situation with your sons and ask them how they would have handled it differently.

The Indian, nonplussed, returns from outside with a switch for Fords future use, showing a cultural difference between a savage upbringing and one based on Christian Judeo ethics.

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