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Seven Brides for Uncle Sam

1997 52 min
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This documentary shares the stories of seven women from Newfoundland who married American soldiers. From the beginning of World War II to the end of the Cold War, Newfoundland housed some of the largest military bases outside of the U.S. As a result, as many as 40,000 Newfoundland women married American soldiers. Using a combination of interviews and old war footage, Seven Brides for Uncle Sam shows how some of the most important events in world history can serve as the backdrop to the timeless tales of romance, heartbreak and joy.

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Seven Brides for Uncle Sam

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This documentary shares the stories of seven women from Newfoundland who married American soldiers. From the beginning of World War II to the end of the Cold War, Newfoundland housed some of the largest military bases outside of the U.S. As a result, as many as 40,000 Newfoundland women married American soldiers. Using a combination of interviews and old war footage, Seven Brides for Uncle Sam shows how some of the most important events in world history can serve as the backdrop to the timeless tales of romance, heartbreak and joy.
  • director
    Anita McGee
  • script
    Anita McGee
  • producer
    Kent Martin
    Mary Sexton
  • executive producer
    Marilyn A. Belec
    Don Haig
  • photography
    Nigel Markham
  • sound
    Don Ellis
  • editing
    Angela Baker
  • sound editing
    Alex Salter
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
    Jean Paul Vialard
  • narrator
    Agnes Walsh
  • music
    Sandy Morris

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Ages 15 to 17
Create timeline of events in Canada confederation up to WW2, focusing on military / political events; highlight Newfoundland’s status as a nation at the time the film began. Why was Newfoundland compared to Gibraltar in the film? Why were the girls of Newfoundland so attracted to US soldiers? Why were they considered “less than desirable” by military officials? Identify reasons why so many of the marriages ended; what can be learned from the women’s stories?
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