Andrew V. McLaglen

3 June 1965

“But these are my sons!  They don’t
belong to the state.”—Charlie Anderson

The 1965 film Shenandoah is a classic libertarian western.  Although set in the 1860s, the film’s strong antiwar and propertarian themes are timeless.

According to the film’s trailer,

This is the story of Charlie Anderson, played by James Stewart, and his family.  They reached for their rifles in the name of love, not hate, and met the challenge of two armies.

Although moviegoers did not typically make any association between this film and the emerging Viernam War at the time of its release, antiwar activists a few years later would look back on this movie favourably.


A Libertarian Western



Charlie Anderson’s Prayer


Watch the Trailer Here


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