Birth of a Nation

Birth of a Nation is a 1915 American silent film directed by D.W. Griffith. Set during and after the American Civil War, the film provoked great controversy for promoting white supremacy and positively portraying the “knights” of the Ku Klux Klan as heroes. The leading civil rights organization of the era, the NAACP, criticized the melodrama as “…three miles of filth.”

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