Birth of a Nation (1915)
Director: D. W. Griffith
Starring: Lilian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Robert Harron, Wallace Reid, Joseph Henabery
the Southern racist version of "truth" by Southerner D. W. Griffith (a great film for racists)
Spoiler Warning: below is a summary of the entire film.
Unfortunately, many current Americans still largely believe in this version of history.
The Northerners and other Non-Southerners are too often reluctant to admit that as soon as the Federal Troops were pulled out of the South, the whites there reasserted their full control over the region.
This film may have contributed in 1921 to the worst race riot in American history where thousands of white citizens of Tulsa, Oklahoma attacked and burned the black section of town murdering 300 blacks.
For me the film is not controversial. I regard it as in the same category of the Nazi anti-Semitic films, which are universally condemned. This racist film should also be universally condemned, but especially in the United States, there are still millions of white racists that would defend the racism in the film.
Return To Main Page
Return to Home Page (Vernon Johns Society)