The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Advanced Placement United States History Study Guide

Period 7: 1890-1945

Birth of a Nation, 1915

Blank Advice sheet for The Birth of a Nation, 1915. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)This “Advice Sheet” flyer was distributed with D. W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation to theaters when the film was released in 1915. Significantly, the distributors are adamant that “NEGROES MUST NOT BE ADMITTED . . . under any circumstance.” The film was a treatment of a novel and play, The Clansman, which depicted the Ku Klux Klan as heroes and African Americans as villains during Reconstruction. The deeply racist film attracted a wide audience and stirred controversy and protests from the newly created NAACP.

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