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Feb 2, 2017

In 1994, a story came along about a man of low intelligence who happens to hit a few lucky breaks, weaving himself in and out of the timeline of American history, and into the hearts of millions of movie-goers. That man is Forrest. Forrest Gump.

For the month of February, I’ll be focusing episode topics on historical and pop culture references in the movie. Ones you may have missed when watching the film because of the overwhelming emotion attached to every scene, or ones you may only be familiar with on the surface.

In this episode, we’re starting at the beginning of the movie, with the man Forrest Gump was named after. Some of the content may not be suitable for all listeners.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Nathan Bedford Forrest.

The role of General Sherman was played by Mark from the Unskippable podcast and the band And Robots. And Mat from The One Word, Go! Show played the role of Nathan Bedford Forrest.

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Media:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raVFzZZLp3A 

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Sources:

http://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/nathan-bedford-forrest

http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/biographies/nathan-bedford-forrest.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/#

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/bday/0713.html

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045160/1875-07-06/ed-1/seq-1/

https://books.google.com/books?id=0MvlfHVwVNwC&pg=PA474&lpg=PA474&dq=nathan+bedford+forrest+offers+services+to+sherman&source=bl&ots=bCih0lmWwh&sig=OSMtiIFWsrpFQlrT1EVieUXyRvQ&hl=en&sa=X&ei=_AXDU7-0DZSlyASm-IDwBQ&ved=0CEEQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q=nathan%20bedford%20forrest%20klan&f=false

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-a-tures/general-nathan-bedford-fo_b_7734444.html