The Birth of a Nation

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"In 1915 Dixon and the director D. W. Griffith used the novel as the basis for a film, The Birth of a Nation. It was an epic history about the South’s redemption by the Ku Klux Klan. And it quoted Wilson’s historical writings in its title cards. Black activists, understandably fearing what The Birth of a Nation might do to their cause, pressed eastern cities to prohibit the film’s opening. Dixon appealed to Wilson for help, and Wilson staged a special screening in the White House. “It teaches history by lightning” was his judgment of the film, according to Griffith, though Wilson declined to issue a public statement. Still, Dixon and Griffith used Wilson’s implicit endorsement to persuade municipal officials to allow the film to open. The Birth of a Nation became the country’s most popular film. The Klan, which by 1915 had become defunct, was relaunched. Its recruiters used the film to draw in millions of members."

Daniel Immerwahr. How to Hide an Empire (Locais do Kindle 1881-1888). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Edi...

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Woodrow Wilson's quote as appears in the film.

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Theatrical release poster for The Birth of a Nation.

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Poster of The Birth of a Nation.

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A 1916 newspaper advertisement for the film The Birth of a Nation, showing at the Texas Grand Theate...

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