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A Night at the Garden

On February 20th, 1939, over 20,000 Americans gathered at Madison Square Garden in New York City for a Nazi rally. The organizers invited the press to cover the event and as a result we have footage of this little known event in US history. Director Marshall Curry in his 7 minute short documentary A Night at the Garden, offers a glimpse into this historic event. The film captures A Pledge of Allegiance, a speech as well as a protester who storms the stage only to be apprehended quickly by police detail.

Curry’s film offers a glimpse into an event that happened 80 years ago but is still eerily relevant today. This documentary is as timely as ever with the recent resurgence of white supremacy in the US. The pro-American, Anti-Semitic and anti-press rhetoric from 1939 is no different from rhetoric spoken in 2019. A Night at the Garden is just as much a window into the past and as it is a mirror reflecting the present.

A Night at the Garden is nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). Visit the official website for more information.

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  1. Oh, this is such an interesting event that I’d never thought could happen in America. But since 2016, I’m not surprised by anything anymore, lol! I’m glad there is footage of this event so hopefully we can learn from the past.

    If I’m not mistaken, I think “under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegiance only until the late 40s/early 50s. I remember watching a Bing Crosby film (either Going My Way or Bells of St. Mary’s, I can’t remember which) where they also had the Pledge, but it was missing the “under God” bit as well.

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