erik lundegaard

Wednesday May 15, 2013

‘Negroes Oppose Film’: A 1921 NAACP Protest of ‘Birth of a Nation’

I love the stuff you find in The New York Times archive. It's history written in stilted language.

I was recently looking into D.W. Griffith's “Birth of a Nation” and came across this from May 7, 1921:

New York Times article on a 1921 protest of "Birth of a Nation"

It's not just a world before the civil rights movement; it's a world before acronyms: Not NAACP vs. KKK but the whole thing spelled out.

The full article is available here. You can access it if you subscribe already. Which you totally should.

Posted at 04:58 PM on Wednesday May 15, 2013 in category Culture  
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