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The Birth of a Nation

   

Added on  2019-09-26

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Birth of Nation1Table of ContentsThe Birth of a Nation...................................................................................................................................2Summary of the movie................................................................................................................................2Mixed responses to the movie.....................................................................................................................4Dimension of freedom of speech.................................................................................................................5References...................................................................................................................................................7

Birth of Nation2The Birth of a Nation“The Birth of a Nation,"by D.W. Griffith's (1915) was an epic movie which was considered to the greatest film of its time but was also considered to be the most controversial movie for its very sensitive topic of racial politics. It was thought to be “the greatest drama movie ever made."But besides getting praises, the movie has also gained opposition from many. African-Americansand white liberals both have considered the film as an insult .It is believed that the movie has put an effort in igniting strong feelings against the colored people. The movie shows the history onlydepicting supremacy of whites over blacks. Therefore, the movie has been protested by many on the racial grounds. Before we go further, let’s go through a quick summary of the movie.Summary of the movieGriffith’s movie, “The Birth of a Nation”talks about the lives of two families - the Camerons and the Stonemans.-One Northern and the other Southern.Stoneman brothers went to visit Camerons in the south where the eldest Stoneman brother-Phil, fell in love with Margaret Cameron. And on the other hand, Ben Cameron, the eldest Cameron, fell in love with Phil's sister-Elsie by seeing her photograph. The war begins, and both the families were placed against each other on the battlefield. All the sons went to the war where only Ben and Phil could come back alive. Ben was detained by north forces and was sent to the military hospital, where he met Elsie Cameron. Befoe the end of the war; he was pardoned by Abraham Lincoln. Thus, Ben returns to Piedmont. But then Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. With the death of the president, radical politicians had taken control over Washington and were giving harsh punishments to the South for causing the war. These radical politicos were led by Austin Stoneman-Phil and Elsie's father.

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