CURRENT VIEW: BY ERA
: D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film
Birth of a Nation
(1915) left a lasting imprint on Americans’ conception of Reconstruction. From this movie, audiences learned that Reconstruction was an utter disaster, a period when opportunistic Northern carpetbaggers, treacherous Southern scalawags, and ignorant former slaves pillaged the prostrate South. Viewed by more than 200 million people between its rel...
Important films of this era
Movie trailers available on Digital History