On the road in York, Nebraska with “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War”

33150498_10155482887126451_6014919406751055872_oWhat a wonderful audience at York College in York, Nebraska Monday night for the “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” documentary screening. York College’s Mackey Center was a beautiful venue for the screening and featured two screens on which our audience could watch the award-winning documentary.

Thanks to history professor Tim McNeese, York College, and Humanities Nebraska for hosting my WWI documentary and discussion of General John J. Pershing’s life.

33163160_10155482887346451_8790941788757032960_oSome members of the audience, which numbered about 100, had fathers or grandfathers who served in the Great War and fought with the American Expeditionary Forces under General Pershing.

One woman told me her father served in France during WWI and helped document the war through films and photographs for the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

There were also several WWI artifacts one local collector shared with our audience.

33343537_10155482887466451_5996296677663703040_oI’m looking forward to our public screening of the documentary at the National Archives and Records Administration this Thursday at noon in Washington, D.C.

The free event will be hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration, the U.S.World War I Centennial Commission, and introduced by good friend and Pershing historian Mitch Yockelson. Click here for details. 

Click here to see our latest screening and discussion schedule for “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” and learn how to schedule a screening in your community.

33122709_10155482887861451_8786026980370808832_oWe’re also pleased to announce that “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” is now available to rent or own on Amazon Prime. Click here to go to the Amazon Prime page for the documentary on the life of WWI General John J. Pershing.  

Amazon Prime members may watch the award-winning documentary for free as part of their annual or monthly memberships. Please watch our historic documentary about John J. Pershing and leave a viewer’s review to tell us what you think of the documentary.

Available on Amazon Prime- “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War”

33122709_10155482887861451_8786026980370808832_oWe’re pleased to announce that “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” is now available to rent or own on Amazon Prime. Click here to go to the Amazon Prime page for the documentary on the life of WWI General John J. Pershing.  

Amazon Prime members may watch the award-winning documentary for free as part of their annual or monthly memberships. Please watch our historic documentary about John J. Pershing and leave a viewer’s review to tell us what you think of the documentary.

John Pershing commanded 2 million U.S. troops in Europe that helped win World War I. He would become the only active duty six-star general in American history. But behind General Pershing’s iron exterior stood a man who endured a great personal tragedy and heartbreak he would never reveal for the rest of his life.

On the road in Sidney, Nebraska with “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War”

The “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” tour’s next stop will be Monday at 7 p.m. at York College in York, Nebraska.

I will share the documentary discussion with friend and Pershing historian Tim McNeese. Tim is an associate professor at York College, has authored more than 100 history books, and is one of the experts I interviewed in my Pershing documentary.

Sidney Nebraska Hornicek72dpiSaturday, I had the pleasure of screening my documentary for residents in Sidney, Nebraska where I was graciously hosted by Humanities Nebraska and the Cheyenne County Visitors Committee.

Afterward, I met the granddaughter of Nebraska WWI veteran John Hornicek who shared with me some WWI photos of her late grandfather. He was one of the 2-million U.S. military personnel who served in Europe during the war.

Hornicek served in France as a medic for the U.S. Army during the Great War. He later specialized in treating several American, French and British allied soldiers at a hospital in Paris who were exposed to chemical weapons the Germans introduced and used widely in the war. You can see Hornicek’s military dog tag in the upper right corner of the photo above.

On my way back from screening my documentary in Sidney I stopped by Fort McPherson National Cemetery and paid my respects to several graves of soldiers who served under Pershing in WWI.

Fort McPherson Cemetery Nebraska 72dpiThe cemetery rests in the gently rolling hills south of Maxwell, Nebraska on the former site of Fort McPherson, a U.S. Army facility established in 1863 to protect the settlers who moved west across the state on the Oregon Trail.

The military abandoned the fort in 1880, leaving behind this plot of 20 acres which was dedicated as a national cemetery in 1873.

Today, the national cemetery is the final resting place for soldiers who fought in the Indian Wars, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and more recent conflicts.

Some of those buried here served under “Black Jack “Pershing’ in the Indian Wars and WWI.

Hope you’ll join us Monday night in York to learn more about America’s historic efforts under General Pershing’s command during the Great War.

Click here to learn more about future screening dates and places for “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War,” and to learn how to schedule a screening of the documentary in your town.

PBS, NET and Painted Rock Productions launch school learning guide for General John “Black Jack” Pershing

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This is a photo of the student learning guide that features interesting tips and background on WWI General John J Pershing. The learning guide was produced by Painted Rock Productions, NET Nebraska and PBS.

Just in time for the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice. A new online multimedia learning guide for “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” is available for school grades 9-13.

The learning guide is produced by Painted Rock Productions, NET, Nebraska’s PBS and NPR station, and PBS Learning Media.

“The learning guide is a great way, through old films, photographs, voice recordings, and more to learn more about General John J. Pershing and America’s historic role in World War I,” said Barney McCoy, producer of the award-winning documentary “Black Jack Pershing: Love and War.”

The educational website features several multimedia sections that chronicle Pershing’s life-  from his youthful days in post-Civil War Missouri to his command of African American soldiers in the Spanish-American War and ultimately as commander of the American Expeditionary Forces.

Under Pershing’s command of  U.S. troops, America helped turn the Allied battle tide against Germany and helped force an end to WWI in November 1918.

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General John J. Pershing visits with a young French girl in France during World War I. Years earlier, Pershing’s three daughters and wife died in a fire at the Presidio in California while Pershing led U.S. troops patrolling Texas’ border with Mexico after reports that revolutionary General Pancho Villa might invade the U.S.  Photo: National Archives and Records Administration

The American soldiers, nicknamed “Doughboys” are credited with helping win the Great War and were welcomed home as true heroes. Pershing was promoted to the rank of six-star general. Many historians consider him one of the American architects of the modern army, with its ability to cross oceans and represent a truly global power.

Pershing never forgot the soldiers who fought and died under him. In the decades after the Great War, he helped create and dedicate several monuments and burial grounds in Europe to honor the tens of thousands of American soldiers who fought and died in combat. To learn more about Pershing and World War I click on this link.  

 

 

Reel Time Film Festival: Black Jack Pershing a finalist

 

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Black Jack Pershing: Love and War,” has been named a finalist in the 2018 Reel Time International Online Film Festival.

Reel Time International Online Film Festival judges include the festival’s volunteers, staff, and industry professionals from around the world who selected this year’s finalists. On July 1st, the public will be invited to watch excerpts of the finalists’ videos on the film festival’s YouTube channel and vote for their favorites online.

The Australia-based film festival wants the Reel Time International Online Film Festival to stay true to its name – International and Online. This “means it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, you can view it,” says the festival’s website. “It’s not just about picking finalists and winners – it’s about networking,” and the festival’s mission is to support film finalists in their filmmaking journeys by helping them connect in the film industry.

“Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” chronicle’s the life of World War I General John J. Pershing. It was directed by Bernard “Barney” McCoy, a professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. CoJMC professor of practice Luis Peon-Casanova was the documentary’s primary videographer.

“Black Jack Pershing: Love and War,” is a co-production of Painted Rock Productions and NET, Nebraska’s PBS station. Production support for the documentary was provided by CoJMC, Humanities Nebraska, UNL’s Research Council, Lowell Vestal, Sandra Pershing, and the Hitchcock Foundation.

For more details contact: PershingLoveandWar@gmail.com

11 things you probably didn’t know about John J. Pershing

11 things you probably didn’t know about WWI General John “Black Jack” Pershing from CoJMC on Vimeo.

 

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A young John Pershing from his childhood days in Laclede, Missouri. Photo: Library of Congress

1. Pershing’s hometown of Laclede, Missouri, was invaded by Confederate bushwhackers just before his 4th birthday. The guerillas were hunting for his father, who flew the Union flag above his general store.

2. Before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1882, Pershing taught African-American students at Prairie Mound School in Missouri.

3. In 1885, Pershing was promoted to first lieutenant and became one of the first white officers to command African-American soldiers in the 10th Cavalry. His nickname originated from his command of the segregated regiment but later came to signify his stern demeanor.

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4. In 1898, Pershing led 10th Cavalry Buffalo soldiers up San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. Pershing’s gallantry in the Battle of San Juan Hill caught the attention of Teddy Roosevelt, who also fought his way up San Juan Hill with his “Rough Riders” regiment. After Roosevelt became president, he promoted Pershing to brigadier general over 800 more senior officers.

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John Pershing commanded African-American Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry in Montana in 1886 and again in the Spanish-American war in the late 1890’s. The bravery and courage shown by the men of the Tenth Cavalry earned them Pershing’s respect and admiration. He often praised the black soldiers to others, an unusual thing to do at the time.

5. For much of the early 1900’s, Pershing served in the Philippines. There he commanded U.S troops in several Moro Rebellion battles involving warring Moro (Muslim) tribes. Before Pershing returned to the United States in 1913, he was military governor of the southern Philippines’ Moro Province.

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Pershing spent more than a decade commanding U.S. troops against Muslim Moro rebels in the Philippines during the early 20th century. During that time Pershing was promoted to brigadier general and later served as governor of the Philippine’s Moro province.

6. In 1915, Pershing’s wife, Frances, and three daughters perished in a fire at the Presidio in San Francisco. At the time, Pershing was patrolling the Mexican border against a rumored invasion by Mexican Revolutionary General Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Pershing’s son, Warren, was the fire’s only survivor. The boy subsequently was cared for by Pershing’s sisters who lived in Lincoln, thus continuing the general’s connection to Nebraska.

In 1915, Pershing’s wife Frances and the couple’s three daughters, Mary, Ann and Helen, died in a house fire at the Presidio in San Francisco. At the time, General Pershing was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas.  The Pershing’s 5-year-old son Warren was the fire’s only survivor. John Pershing was so devastated by the tragedy he never spoke publicly about it for the rest of his life. Photo: San Francisco Public Library

7. After World War I, Pershing was promoted to General of the Armies and became the only active-duty six-star general in U.S. history. George Washington also was a six-star general but wasn’t given the promotion until the U.S. bicentennial in 1976.

8. In 1932, Pershing won the Pulitzer Prize for history for his two-volume book set, “My Experiences in the World War. In his acceptance speech, he recognized 1922 Pulitzer Prize winner Willa Cather – who was his mathematics student when he taught at Nebraska.

9. Pershing was a mentor to a generation of U.S. Army generals who led the United States in World War II. They include George S. Patton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George C. Marshall and Omar Bradley. Pershing Mentor

10. In 1946, at 85, Pershing secretly wed French-Romanian portrait artist Micheline Resco in his Walter Reed Hospital apartment. Resco was 35 years his junior. The couple met in Paris in 1917 when Pershing arrived to command troops and exchanged love letters over 30 years.

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French artist Micheline Resco was more than 30 years younger than Pershing when the couple first met in 1917. They were secretly married 29 years later about two years before Pershing’s 1948 death.

11. While at Nebraska, Pershing earned a law degree, taught mathematics and formed a crack drill team that later became the nationally known Pershing Rifles. He also taught fencing to future bestselling authors Willa Cather and Dorothy Canfield Fisher.

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  1. *Thanks to UNL Communications writer Leslie Reed who helped produce this blog post. 

“Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” honored with Sevareid Award

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Black Jack Pershing: Love and War,” has been honored with an Eric Sevareid Award of Merit for documentary excellence by the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association.

The Eric Sevareid Awards are named for the North Dakota-born and University of Minnesota-educated journalist best known for his work as a correspondent for CBS Radio and Television.

Each year, the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association presents the awards to the best work done by broadcast news operations and journalists working in small, medium and large markets in a six-state region on radio, television and online. The six-state region includes Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

“Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” chronicle’s the life of World War I General John J. Pershing. It was directed by Bernard “Barney” McCoy, a professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. CoJMC professor of practice Luis Peon-Casanova was the documentary’s primary videographer.

The Broadcast Education Association also presented the documentary with an Award of Excellence this month at its national convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Black Jack Pershing: Love and War,” is a co-production of Painted Rock Productions and NET, Nebraska’s PBS station. Production support for the documentary was provided by CoJMC, Humanities Nebraska, UNL’s Research Council, Lowell Vestal, Sandra Pershing, and the Hitchcock Foundation.

For more details contact: PershingLoveandWar@gmail.com

 

Black Jack Pershing: Love and War honored with Broadcast Education Association’s Excellence Award

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Black Jack Pershing: Love and War,” has been honored with an Award of Excellence by judges in the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts documentary division competition. Producer/director Barney McCoy was honored with the award at the BEA’s 2018 convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday.

Here’s what the BEA judges said:

Judge 1: “This is to me an excellent historical account of the life of General Pershing. It is both factual and personal. To get both a sense of the drive and motivation that made him great and a sense of the person, the source of his values, the loves of his life and the heartbreaks he overcame was a delight. The director has created a valuable document detailing Pershing’s history that is both significantly deep but also approachable.“

Judge 2:Very professionally produced. Good story, very engaging. I enjoyed the entire film.”

Judge 3: “Great introduction, short and straight to the point. Leaving you with the feeling of wanting to learn more about the topic/subject. Amazing Archival footage and pictures with good quality. Narrator’s voice was clear and as a viewer was able to follow and understand and very clearly.”  

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Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” producer/director Bernard “Barney” McCoy is a professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The competitive BEA festival received a record 1,541 entries in 15 competitions this year. BEA is the premier international academic media organization, driving insights, excellence in media production, and career advancement for educators, students, and professionals.

“Black Jack Pershing: Love and War” chronicle’s the life of World War I General John J. Pershing. It was directed by Bernard “Barney” McCoy, a professor in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. CoJMC professor of practice Luis Peon-Casanova was the documentary’s primary videographer.

“Black Jack Pershing: Love and War,” is a co-production of Painted Rock Productions and NET, Nebraska’s PBS station. Production support for the documentary was provided by CoJMC, Humanities Nebraska, UNL’s Research Council, Lowell Vestal, Sandra Pershing, and the Hitchcock Foundation.