Today in History–February 8–the Library of Congress features the controversial silent film, The Birth of a Nation, which premiered on this day in 1915. Although the film advanced the art of cinema, it did so by telling a story with a skewed, racist vision of U.S. history. Protested by many, the film was ultimately a great commercial success. Find out more by visiting the Today in History section and then clicking the links below.
Protest of The Birth of a Nation film letter, 3/24/1915
Fighting a vicious film: protest against “The birth of a nation.” book published 1915, Boston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Topics in Chronicling America – Popular Reactions to The Birth of a Nation timeline & select newspaper articles
The Birth of a Nation film Internet Archive
Within Our Gates film response to The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation: Symposium on Classic Film Discusses Inaccuracies and Virtues Library of Congress Information Bulletin June 27, 1994 – Vol. 53, No. 13