LaborHistoryFebruary11 - Labor History South, Race, and...

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Labor History February 11, 2008 South, Race, and Progressivism I. Birth of a Nation- Movie (1915) a. Background: No Southerners in government after Civil War b. Theme: Remembering Reconstruction; 1866-1877 i. Based on book: Klansman ii. About KKK in South iii. Overarching theme is the creation of a new nation after years of division- North and Southern whites unite against black rule- Klan saves South from Black rule iv. Highly Gendered 1. Fear of black males raping white woman 2. Inversion of how power relations worked c. Filmmaker: D.W. Griffith i. Films about common person- underdog ii. Came up with many new movie techniques d. Woodrow Wilson said it was “writing history with lightning” e. Movie begins at South Caroline House f. Thought to be the truth by the white majority at the time of the opening of the film g. North characterized as “Carpetbaggers” h. Key Question of film: Lincoln i. Makes him seem like great compromiser who wouldn’t have let these things happened if he lived
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