This thesis will determine the validity of the claim made by Joseph Califano, an aide to President Lyndon Johnson, that the film Selma is not historically accurate, especially regarding the Johnson character. This topic was picked to critique historical accuracy in the film and provide a framework to determine if the film would be suitable for use in an educational setting. This thesis used multiple academic monographs, telephone conversations, interviews, and presidential archives to come to a conclusion. After thorough research, it has been determined that Selma can be used as an educational resource with appropriate cautions stated beforehand regarding President Johnson. This thesis is important as it may help ease the load on educators when trying to find suitable materials to teach the complicated subject of civil rights.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Sciences
Politics, Security and International Affairs
Tierman, Hunter L., "Selma: A Filmic Description of History" (2023). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 1428.