The Birth of a Nation

This unparalleled guide to The Birth of a Nation offers a shot-by-shot continuity script; a biographical sketch of the director; a sampling of contemporary reviews; and a series of essays.

Author: Robert Lang

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813520274

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 310

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The birth of a nation follows the lives of two white families divided by, and enduring, the American Civil War, and includes elaborate cameos of historical events such as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
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D W Griffith s the Birth of a Nation

This crisply written book sheds light on both the film's racism and the aesthetic brilliance of Griffith's filmmaking. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the cinema.

Author: Melvyn Stokes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198044364

Category: History

Page: 432

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In this deeply researched and vividly written volume, Melvyn Stokes illuminates the origins, production, reception and continuing history of this ground-breaking, aesthetically brilliant, and yet highly controversial movie. By going back to the original archives, particularly the NAACP and D. W. Griffith Papers, Stokes explodes many of the myths surrounding The Birth of a Nation (1915). Yet the story that remains is fascinating: the longest American film of its time, Griffith's film incorporated many new features, including the first full musical score compiled for an American film. It was distributed and advertised by pioneering methods that would quickly become standard. Through the high prices charged for admission and the fact that it was shown, at first, only in "live" theaters with orchestral accompaniment, Birth played a major role in reconfiguring the American movie audience by attracting more middle-class patrons. But if the film was a milestone in the history of cinema, it was also undeniably racist. Stokes shows that the darker side of this classic movie has its origins in the racist ideas of Thomas Dixon, Jr. and Griffith's own Kentuckian background and earlier film career. The book reveals how, as the years went by, the campaign against the film became increasingly successful. In the 1920s, for example, the NAACP exploited the fact that the new Ku Klux Klan, which used Griffith's film as a recruiting and retention tool, was not just anti-black, but also anti-Catholic and anti-Jewish, as a way to mobilize new allies in opposition to the film. This crisply written book sheds light on both the film's racism and the aesthetic brilliance of Griffith's filmmaking. It is a must-read for anyone interested in the cinema.
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The Birth of a Nation

This work challenges the idea the U.S. has moved beyond racial problems and highlights the role of film and representation in the continued struggle for equality.

Author: Michael T. Martin

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ISBN: 0253042356

Category: History

Page: 344

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Over one hundred years since it premiered on cinema screens, D. W. Griffith's controversial photoplay The Birth of a Nation continues to influence American film production and to have relevance for race relations in the United States. This work challenges the idea the United States has moved beyond racial problems and highlights the role of film and representation in the continued struggle for equality.
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The Birth of a Nation

Assessing its contribution as an art form, while directly grappling with the complexity of the art-or-racism debate, Paul McEwan shows how The Birth of a Nation has had a central role in the development of film and Film Studies worldwide.

Author: Paul McEwan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781838718602

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 96

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Portraying the Ku Klux Klan as heroic underdogs, silent epic The Birth of a Nation (1915) is widely considered to be the most controversial film of all time. At once one of US culture's greatest artistic achievements and one of its most abhorrently racist artefacts, it becomes more shocking with every passing year. Comprising a decade of archival research and published on the 100th anniversary of the film's release, this richly detailed study considers both the film's afterlife and the artistic, industrial and moral surroundings in which it was created. Drawing on an unbroken century of production and reception history, Paul McEwan recounts the film's origins and development, Griffith's unique editing and cinematography and the construction of racial identity and fear in the film. Assessing its contribution as an art form, while directly grappling with the complexity of the art-or-racism debate, Paul McEwan shows how The Birth of a Nation has had a central role in the development of film and Film Studies worldwide.
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The New Ghana

The story, too, of Ghana's dynamic leader, Kwame Nkrumah—greatest living African. Here is Ghana. Past, present—and future. The author himself was eye-witness to the stirring events of Independence Day which he so vividly recounts.

Author: Joseph G. Amamoo

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595149155

Category: History

Page: 164

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A destiny achieved—a future to fulfill! The exciting account of the birth of Ghana, newest memeber of the British Commonwealth of Nations—the story of a bid for freedom crowned with success. The story, too, of Ghana's dynamic leader, Kwame Nkrumah—greatest living African. Here is Ghana. Past, present—and future. The author himself was eye-witness to the stirring events of Independence Day which he so vividly recounts.
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D W Griffith s 100th Anniversary The Birth of a Nation

As Griffith's official biographer, Seymour Stern's main purpose of his book was to assemble, as extensively as possible, the rapidly vanishing record of what happened.

Author: Ira H. Gallen

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781460236543

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 672

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A hundred years have passed since the masterpiece of David Wark Griffith, The Birth of a Nation, first appeared on the screens of America, in the winter of 1915. It demonstrated that the cinema, no less than literature and no less than the stage, could become a topic of serious critical, esthetic, intellectual, political, social, and technical discussion. In this way it brought the motion picture into a position of commanding influence in the social life of the American nation. The denunciation continues, and the storm over the film serves as a barometer of the global conflict, involving forces and issues set in motion by, but no means limited to, race. As Griffith's official biographer, Seymour Stern's main purpose of his book was to assemble, as extensively as possible, the rapidly vanishing record of what happened.
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Fighting a Movie with Lightning The Birth of a Nation and the Black Community

Despite their efforts, black activists throughout the early 20th century were not able to achieve full equality and fair treatment in society.

Author: Stefanie Laufs

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing (aap_verlag)

ISBN: 9783954896516

Category: History

Page: 95

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Despite their efforts, black activists throughout the early 20th century were not able to achieve full equality and fair treatment in society. However, they gained a new way of thinking that resulted in the formation of the ‘New Negro’. This term, in essence, designates a new way of thinking in the black community. Its members were neither satisfied with, nor accepted their inferior position in society and were willing to fight for their rights. Phenomena that paradoxically had a positive impact on the black community as a whole, and especially on the New Negro, were the actions undertaken by African Americans all over the United States in response to D.W. Griffith’s racist 1915 silent movie The Birth of a Nation. It is the aim of this paper to prove that these activities undertaken by African Americans and their supporters in the early 20th century against The Birth of a Nation influenced and shaped the black community as a whole, but especially the notion of the New Negro, both politically and culturally.
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The Birth of the Nation

Jamestown was the first settlement of the Virginia Colony, founded in 1607, and served as capital of Virginia. This book follows the first steps English settlers made in the New World.

Author: Sara Agnes Rice Pryor

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: EAN:4057664133656

Category: History

Page: 178

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Jamestown was the first settlement of the Virginia Colony, founded in 1607, and served as capital of Virginia. This book follows the first steps English settlers made in the New World. It contains plenty of legendary and historical information related to the arrival and first landing to America.
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The Birth of a Nation

Author: John Cuniberti

Publisher: Primary Source Microfilm

ISBN: UOM:39015042255698

Category: Birth of a nation (Motion picture : 1915)

Page: 232

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The Birth of a Nation

Beautifully illustrated with stills from the movie and original illustrations, the book also features an essay by writer/director, Nate Parker, contributions by members of the cast and crew, and commentary by educator Brian Favors and ...

Author: Nate Parker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781501156595

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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This official tie-in to the highly acclaimed film, The Birth of a Nation, surveys the history and legacy of Nat Turner, the leader of one of the most renowned slave rebellions on American soil, while also exploring Turner’s relevance to contemporary dialogues on race relations. Based on astounding events in American history, The Birth of a Nation is the epic story of one man championing the spirit of resistance as he leads a rough-and-tumble group into a revolt against injustice and slavery. Breathing new life into a story that has been rife with controversy and prejudice for over two centuries, the film follows the rise of the visionary Virginian slave, Nat Turner. Hired out by his owner to preach to and placate slaves on drought-plagued plantations, Turner eventually transforms into an inspired, impassioned, and fierce anti-slavery leader. Beautifully illustrated with stills from the movie and original illustrations, the book also features an essay by writer/director, Nate Parker, contributions by members of the cast and crew, and commentary by educator Brian Favors and historians Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Daina Ramey Berry who place Nat Turner and the rebellion he led into historical context. The Birth of a Nation reframes the way we think about slavery and resistance as it explores the passion, determination, and faith that inspired Nat Turner to sacrifice everything for freedom.
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Ataturk

Author: Patrick Balfour Baron Kinross

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:613731608

Category: Presidents

Page: 542

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The Birth of a Movement

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.

Author: Dick Lehr

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781610398244

Category: History

Page: 368

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At the dawn of the modern civil rights movement, Monroe Trotter, a journalist agitator, and D.W. Griffith, a technically brilliant filmmaker, incited a public confrontation that roiled America, pitting black against white, Hollywood against Boston, and free speech against the fight for equality. Monroe Trotter and D. W. Griffith were fighting over a film that dramatized the Civil War and Reconstruction in a post-Confederate South. 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. 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. 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.
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Birth of a Nation

A political satire follows the events surrounding East St. Louis's secession from the Union in the face of thousands of disenfranchised voters and a plan to finance the self-declared "Republic of Blackland" with a money-laundering scheme.

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Publisher: Crown Pub

ISBN: 1400048591

Category: Humor

Page: 137

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A political satire follows the events surrounding East St. Louis's secession from the Union in the face of thousands of disenfranchised voters and a plan to finance the self-declared "Republic of Blackland" with a money-laundering scheme.
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Birth of a Nation

A heady cocktail of fact and fiction, 'Birth of a Nation' is an exploration of the lacunae in official histories.

Author: Julian Rathbone

Publisher:

ISBN: 1846326435

Category: Adventure stories

Page: 695

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Eddie Bosham (aka Charlie Boylan) is in prison on a murder charge. But he's not worried. He's innocent, and, anyway, he has hidden proof of a ghastly scandal that could bring down the monarchy. Taking up his memoirs from where we left him, marooned on the Galapagos Islands, we find Eddie offering a young Charles Darwin an explanation of why the finches on the islands vary. In Texas, staunchly loyal to whichever side will win, he spies for General Santa Anna at the Alamo and for Sam Houston at San Jacinto. Eddie works the Mississippi riverboats as a cardsharp. Caught cheating, he is forced to jump ship and inadvertently stumbles across the secret that will launch the Californian Gold Rush. Finally, having traversed the girth of a nation, his disgraceful saga ends, back east, at a highly inflammatory revivalist meeting...
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Namibia

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Publisher:

ISBN: UVA:X001812859

Category: Namibia

Page: 71

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Bangladesh

Author: Philip Oldenburg

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105036754708

Category: Bangladesh

Page: 156

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