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D W Griffith s The Birth of a Nation

Author : Melvyn Stokes
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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.

The Birth of a Nation

Author : Paul McEwan
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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.

D W Griffith s the Birth of a Nation

Author : Melvyn Stokes
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In this deeply researched and fascinating study, Melvyn Stokes illuminates the origins, production, reception, and continuing history of D. W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation. The 1915 film introduced many new conventions that would soon come to define American cinema,while it also drew large numbers of middle-class patrons to moviegoing for the first time. Though the film was a landmark aesthetic work, it was also a spectacle of unfettered racism, with a storyline that would inspire both bigotry and distrust. This indispensable account sheds light on both itsgroundbreaking formal qualities and its long shadow, twin sides to one of the twentieth century's most powerful works of art.

The Birth of a Nation

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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.

The Birth of a Nation

Author : Doris Faber
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Examines the important events and figures involved in the first few years of the new American nation, from the organization of the first federal government to the election of John Adams as the second president.

Focus on The Birth of a Nation

Author : Fred Silva
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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 camoes of historical events such as the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

D W Griffith s 100th Anniversary The Birth of a Nation

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A HISTORY OF THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL MOTION PICTURE EVER MADE 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. From the beginning it touched off several emotionally and politically explosive, interrelated, parallel controversies—controversy over Griffith; controversy over the film; controversy over the subject-matter and its treatment; controversy over the controversy. As Griffith’s official biographer Seymour Sterns main purpose of his book was to assemble, as extensively as possible, the rapidly vanishing record of what happened. You’ll find Stern’s writing on the subject as controversial as the film itself.

Griffith I The Birth of a Nation

Author : Seymour Stern
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The Birth of a Nation

Author : Eric Niderost
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The Birth of a Nation continues to be lauded for its cinematographic excellence and vilified for its racist content. The film came from D.W. Griffith's personal vision, and as such it reflected the strengths and weaknesses of the man himself.

Birth Of A Nation Hood

Author : Toni Morrison
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An incisive and thought-provoking collection of essays on a defining American experience, curated by the Nobel-prize winning author of Beloved. Toni Morrison contributes an introduction and brings together thirteen essays, all written especially for this book, by distinguished academics - black and white, male and female - on one of the grimmest and most revealing moments of American history: the O J Simpson case. Together these keen analyses of a defining American moment cast a chilling gaze on the script and spectacle of the insidious tensions that rend American society, even as they ponder the proper historical, cultural, political, legal, psychological, and linguistic ramifications of the affair.

Fighting a Movie with Lightning The Birth of a Nation and the Black Community

Author : Stefanie Laufs
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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.

Birth of a Nation

Author : J. L. Rose
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In order to understand the dynamics of religion (covert politics), it is imperative that one understands the origin, purpose and/or intent of the same. Human behavior when left unchecked, results in a variety of cultures/religions that rule our everyday affairs, which is the central theme of this book. This book goes into the origin evolution of the human race, and the reason for its negative tendencies. Our behavior is the product of our thinking, though to some degree, our being can be attributed to our environment. If our anatomy is not properly evolved (developed), the same will affect our psychology, remember, our brain receives its nourishment from our blood. Over the years there has been speculations as to origin of man and his religion (politics). The content of this book will lay to rest some of the ignorance brought about by contemporary culture (religion). an ever-present ignorance. One must always bear in mind that all religions only seek to glorify and glamorize the culture and nature of its creators and protractors. The so-called New Testament is only a tool used by the wealth robbers, to justify the New World Order, the critical thinkers must therefore, guard themselves and their progeny against this political (religious) machine that once rolling, is unrelenting in its pursuit for wealth and power. Every war ever visited by the human race, has been stimulated by the afore-mentioned greed. You (reader) will also see a comparative analysis of the original Egyptian language and the so-called English, Roman, Arabic and many of the worlds dominating languages.

Birth of a Nation

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Excerpt from The Birth of the Nation The lectures for 1891, under the general title of The New Birth of the World, were devoted to the important movements in the age preceding the discovery of America, the several lectures being as follows The Results Of the Crusades, by F. E. E. Hamilton, Old South prize essay ist, 1883; The Revival of Learning, by prof. Albert B. Hart; The Builders of the Cathedrals, by prof. Marshall S. Snow; The Changes which Gunpowder made, by frank A. Hill; The Decline of the Barons, by william everett; The Invention of Printing, by rev. Edward G. Porter; When Michael Angelo was a Boy, by hamlin garland. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

The Birth of a Movement

Author : Dick Lehr
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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.

The Birth of a Nation

Author : John Cuniberti
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The Fall of an Empire the Birth of a Nation

Author : Chris J. Chulos
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This title was first published in 2000: A collection of articles by Russian and Western experts on nationalism. The objective of the work is to give an overview of the new Russian identity-building and of the historical continuities that lie behind this ongoing process. The main theme is the shift from empire and imperial consciousness, characteristic both of the imperial Russia and the Soviet Union, towards a new identity as a nation state. Ultra-nationalism and the threat posed by ultra-right extremists groups is also among the most important themes in the book. The rising nationalist extremism is one of the several major projects that seek to redefine the Russion nationhood. The ultra-nationalist challenge is examined in several articles; the anatomy of extreme Russian nationalism is also examined through a case study of a small militant group of extremists.

The Birth of a Nation

Author : Seymour Stern
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Birth of a Nation

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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.

D W Griffith s The Birth of a Nation

Author : Peter Cohen
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D W Griffith s The Birth of a Nation

Author : Michael Randall Hurwitz
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