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Birth of a Nation, Part VII

This month, I’m going to talk a bit about how historians have treated “The Birth of a Nation,” and where I stand in relation to that historiography as I proceed with this project. 1,261 more words


The Birth of a Nation, Part VI

We’ve reached the middle of the year that is the centenary of this controversial and problematic movie, and I went back to review what I’ve written so far. 1,684 more words

American Cinema

FBI Identify Gunman In Charleston Church Shooting


The FBI has identified the gunman who killed nine at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME church as 21-year-old Dylann Roof of Columbia. 183 more words


Birth of a Nation (1915) Part IV

The Rise of the Second KKK

One thing that is often mentioned, but rarely examined, in discussion of the movie “The Birth of a Nation… 1,593 more words

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D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation 100 Years Later: Still Great, Still Shameful

At earlier screenings in Los Angeles it was called The Clansman, after the Thomas Dixon Jr. novel and play on which it was based. But David Wark Griffith must have realized that his film deserved a grander title. 1,538 more words

BBC: The End of God?: A Horizon Guide to Science and Religion (2010)

Historian Dr Thomas Dixon delves into the BBC’s archive to explore the troubled relationship between religion and science. From the creationists of America to the physicists of the Large Hadron Collider, he traces the expansion of scientific knowledge and asks whether there is still room for God in the modern world. 15 more words


Real and Imagined Origins of Reconstruction Era Domestic Terrorism: The Birth of a Nation, Django Unchanged and the Birth of the Ku Klux Klan

Warning: Strong language, profanity and offensive imagery

Americans love origin tales. As of late the most popular have been about super heroes, like Batman or the X-Men, or our most beloved villains. 1,500 more words

D.W. Griffith