Birth of a Nation

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Birth of a Nation

On March 3, 1915 the movie The Birth of a Nation was released at the Liberty Theatre in
New York City. This film was financed, filmed, and released by the Epoch Producing
Corporation of D.W. Griffith and Harry T. Aitken. It was one of the first films to ever
use deep-focus shots, night photography, and to be explicitly controversial with the
derogatory view of blacks.

Throughout the movie, the film justified the need of the KKK in order to keep social
harmony among society after the Civil War. In the beginning, the Cameron family was
depicted as loving family and the slaves were depicted as sensible and content beings
during the slave period. The chaos and madness started after the civil war during the
Reconstruction period. Blacks were then portrayed as animalistic savages that were
oppressing the rights of the white people in the community and threatened their
livelihood. So, African Americans could only be placed into two categories in this movie.
They were either the faithful servant or the renegade whose objective was to intimidate
and terrorize white people. The black slaves are shown as noble beings that defended their
masters against other black people. However, the black people in congress are shown as
arrogant and ignorant with no manners.

This sort of subtly suggest that blacks proper role is to tend to the land and that they
lack the sense and morals to be given them the same equality as a white person. If blacks
were on the same level as whites, they would simply make a fool of themselves and at the
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