Tag: Lillian Gish

Edwardian era Hettie's World History United States

Birth of a Nation: Both Genius and Foul

Can something be simultaneously genius and vilely racist?  This is the question posed by D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film Birth of a Nation.  Silent film star Mary Pickford called it the first movie that made people take the motion picture industry seriously.  The film debuted in a politically charged atmosphere, full of anti-immigrant bias, racial tensions, […]

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