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Who Is D. W. Griffith's Birth Of A Nation?

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D.W. Griffith, a groundbreaking director, made the first feature-length motion picture that was three hours long. This silent film, Birth of a Nation, was a “landmark film in the history of cinema,” that contributed to popular filmmaking techniques, but at the same time also brought a lot of controversy. The 1915 film was based on a novel by T.F. Dixon, Jr. called “The from the south and assisted in the start of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). The two families, however, Clansman.”

Birth of a Nation tells the story of two families, The Stonemans and the Camerons. The Stonemans were from the north and they fought to free the slaves, whereas the Camerons were became friends as a result of their sons boarding together at school. Their friendship is tested and changed when they join opposite sides. The film is divided into two parts. The first being around the introduction of the Civil War leading up to the assassination of Lincoln. The next part begins with emergence of the Ku Klux Klan and leading up to an image of Christ after such catastrophe involving slaves, betrayal, riots and fighting.
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In addition to that portrayal, the KKK was depicted through a rise to save the south from the reconstruction era occurring during the time. The Ku Klux Klan had an image of heroism to the public rather than an image of racist. Although these were false portrayals of the Caucasian and the African American male, it still appealed to the public as if it was real. The false portrayal of the KKK appealed to white America and helped the KKK recruitment process, but it also gave the African American man a view or a label as a sexual
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