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Parker had previously been part of a cast that portrayed historical figures from Wiley, in The Great Debaters. The Stonemans hail from the North, the Camerons from the South.
Here were the sinister men the South scorned and the noble men the South revered. It's very possible he thought he did. It was the first sequel in film history.
The film remains controversial due to its interpretation of American history. When war breaks out, the Stonemans cast their lot with the Union, while the Camerons are loyal to Dixie. Griffith's film relied heavily on racist propaganda to evoke fear and desperation as a tool to solidify white supremacy as the lifeblood of American sustenance. In New York there were Klan-themed balls, and in Chicago that Halloween, thousands of college students dressed in robes for a massive Klan-themed party. It's possible a lot of multiplex visitors just plain weren't interested.
In this particular context, Blacks and whites surely were not singing kumbaya, our relationship was highly one-sided, volatile, and largely disturbing. New Klansmen were shown TheBirth of Nation and the film continued to be a recruiting tool for decades to come. The effect was powerful and screenings in more cities echoed the display, including movie ushers dawning white sheets. After the war, Ben Cameron Henry B.
He brought it to fruition in The Birth of a Nation. The film bolstered the idea that the Klan was there to save the South from savage black men raping white women, a racist myth that would be propagated for years, Lehr adds.
Certainly The Birth of a Nation presents a challenge for modern audiences. It earns that debate and then some. The movie tells the story of a rebellious slave who does whatever he needs to, to achieve freedom from the oppressive south. Reconstruction was a disaster, blacks could never be integrated into white society as equals, and the violent actions of the Ku Klux Klan were justified to reestablish honest government.
And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true. The movie's fabricated events shouldn't lead any viewer to deny the historical facts of slavery and Reconstruction.
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