The twenty-six films in Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916, represent early film production in America. Seventeen of the films capture San Francisco and its environs before the 1906 disaster. Seven films document the great earthquake and fire. Two later films include a 1915 travelogue that shows the rebuilt city and the Panama Pacific Exposition, and a 1916 propaganda film.
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- Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
- Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930
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- Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
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