The Birth of A Nation

The Birth of A Nation

How A Legendary Director and A Crusading Editor Reignited America's Civil War

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In 1915, two men--one a journalist agitator, the other a technically brilliant filmmaker--incited a public confrontation that roiled America, pitting black against white, Hollywood against Boston, and free speech against civil rights.

Monroe Trotter and D. W. Griffith were fighting over a film that dramatized the Civil War and Reconstruction in a post-Confederate South. Almost fifty years earlier, Monroe's father, James, was a sergeant in an all-black Union regiment that marched into Charleston, South Carolina, just as the Kentucky cavalry--including Roaring Jack Griffith, D. W.'s father--fled for their lives. Griffith's film, The Birth of a Nation , included actors in blackface, heroic portraits of Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and a depiction of Lincoln's assassination. Freed slaves were portrayed as villainous, vengeful, slovenly, and dangerous to the sanctity of American values. It was tremendously successful, eventually seen by 25 million Americans. But violent protests
against the film flared up across the country.

Monroe Trotter's titanic crusade to have the film censored became a blueprint for dissent during the 1950s and 1960s. This is the fiery story of a revolutionary moment for mass media and the nascent civil rights movement, and the men clashing over the cultural and political soul of a still-young America standing at the cusp of its greatest days.
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, 2014, ©2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781586489878
Branch Call Number: 305. 800973 GRI L
Characteristics: xvi, 343 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm


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Nov 22, 2015

originally called "The Clansman" ...
“The Worst Thing About “Birth of a Nation” Is How Good It Is”
by Richard Brody, from The New Yorker, February 1, 2013

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