the birth of a nation

Birth of a Nation, The

noun
an American film (1915), directed by D. W. Griffith.
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A dramatic silent film from 1915 about the South during and after the Civil War. The Birth of a Nation was directed by D. W. Griffith. The film, the first so-called spectacular, is considered highly controversial for its portrayal of African-Americans.

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