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The Birth of a Nation : how a legendary filmmaker and a crusading editor reignited America's Civil War

Author: Dick Lehr
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Documents the 1915 controversy over the film "Birth of a Nation" framed by the legal and public conflict between journalist Monroe Trotter and filmmaker D.W. Griffith.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: D W Griffith; William Monroe Trotter; D W Griffith; William Monroe Trotter
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dick Lehr
ISBN: 9781586489878 1586489879
OCLC Number: 889005723
Description: xvi, 343 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: Jan 2, 1915 --
Part I. Fathers and sons. Guns, bayonets, and cannon "grapes" ; The Trotters ; The Griffiths ; On the firing line: 1895-1903 ; Character work: 1896-1907 --
Part II. Finding their voices. Trotterism: 1903-1908 ; The moviemaker: 1908-1913 ; Fame rising, fame falling, circa 1913 --
Part III. A Birth of a Nation. 1914 ; The Wilson White House ; Trotter rides the rails --
Part IV. 1915. Curley's our man, or not? ; Bringing down the house ; "We'll hang Tom Dixon" --
Part V. Victory and defeat. Victory at hand ; The curtain falls --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Dick Lehr.

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"No red-blooded American of today would favor censoring works of art. But while reading Dick Lehr's fascinating new book, The Birth of a Nation, you may find yourself rooting for just that." Read more...

 
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