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Novel by Thomas Dixon, published in 1905 as the second volume of a trilogy including The Leopard's Spots (1902) and The Traitor (1907), melodramatic and extremist Southern depictions of the Reconstruction era, violently racist in their characterizations of blacks, and laudatory of the Ku Klux Klan as potential saviors of the old Confederate region. The book was very popular, as was Dixon's dramatization for touring companies (1905–6). The work was adapted by D. W. Griffith for his film The Birth of a Nation (1915).

Subjects: Literature — United States History.

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