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Released in 1915, when the Civil War still occupied a significant portion of the American populace's living memory, The Birth of a Nation is ironically a reconstruction era film that aims to deconstruct the memory of any advances and achievements of that period immediately following the war. Griffith framed the rise of the black person toward equality as being what led to the fall of the white man, specifically the southern white man, in America. In the movie there are baseless depictions of black politicians alternately drinking, sleeping, and putting their bare feet on tables in houses of government.



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