The Birth of a Nation

Trivia: The film was a favorite of President Woodrow Wilson, a Southerner who was alleged to be a racist, evident through his purging of blacks working in the federal government during the first presidential term.

Trivia: It was the first film to be viewed in the White House.


Trivia: It has been reported that the positive depiction of the Klu Klux Klan in the film was responsible for its rebirth in 1915. Unlike the Klan that existed during Reconstruction (which is mostly anti-black and anti-Northern), the "Second Klan" (which survives today) is white supremist, anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic, and anti-homosexual.


Trivia: Because of the racist themes of the film, it was banned in many American cities, including Los Angeles. The film premiered in Hollywood before it was banned.


Continuity mistake: In the sequence entitled "Their State flag. The spirit of the South".When Ben Cameron enters the room and picks up his little sister, he is wearing his saber. When he then carries her across the room and shows her the flag, his saber is missing. (00:28:30)

Richard Lannom
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John Wilkes Booth: Sic semper tyrannis.

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