Feb 26, 2009 - Sale 2171

Sale 2171 - Lot 216

Price Realized: $ 330
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
(FILM.) GRIFFITH, D. W. Birth of a Nation. A copy of the original brochure for the first showing of the controversial film. New York: Epoch Producing Corporation, 1915

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Thomas Dixon''s immensely popular and immensely racist novel "The Clansman" was published in 1905. Ten years later, D. W. Griffith''s film version of the novel "Birth of a Nation" was released in U. S. theatres, causing an uproar from the black community and civic minded whites. This romantic version of Reconstruction and the formation of the Klan prompted an immediate reaction from the recently formed NAACP. To this day, showings of the film cause protests.