Fresh Looks at Familiar History: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

As far as historical accuracy goes, “The Birth of a Nation” earns a failing grade. The story it tells about the Civil War and the origin of the Ku Klux Klan is so warped a savvy high school student today might suspect it was produced recently by The Onion, as an astonishingly bad joke.

While the movie‚Äôs history is woefully twisted, since its release in 1915 “The Birth of a Nation,” directed by D.W. Griffith, has evolved into an important historical document itself.

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