D. W. Griffith’s epic tale told in Birth of a Nation was a shocking one. The movie set box office records, taking in over eighteen million dollars. When it was released, it was one of the longest films ever made, over three hours in length. Some film scholars say that it is the most important film ever released. But despite all of these records and achievements, the story and the way that blacks of
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the Jim Crow system. When it was portrayed in this movie as acceptable, people in the South felt much better about doing horrible deeds to black citizens, denying blacks their civil rights.
Birth of a Nation was a powerful film that was a technological advancement, but it lacked the correct historical prospective. Anyone who made such a movie now would be branded a racist and probably would be hung in effigy in many black communities.