skip to main content

Birth of a Nation

2 hours 33 minutes 19 seconds

Videos are generally available for preview to non-members as short clips. Limited full-length titles are also available. Log In to view the full length title.

Browse Full-length Non-member Titles
Still image from Birth of a Nation

Note: Teacher preview recommended. This 1915 black-and-white silent film directed by D.W. Griffith is historically significant. Considered by many to be the one film that transformed cinema into an art form, it remains a controversial piece due to the subject matter. This film has a pro-Ku Klux Klan message, and depicts white men in blackface portraying African Americans in a negative manner. It is the story of two Southern families during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Adapted by Thomas Dixon, Jr. from his proracist writings "The Clansman" and "The Leopard's Spots." This piece should only be used as a teaching tool to demonstrate the results of propaganda and racism, or to demonstrate early silent film techniques.

Media Details

Runtime: 2 hours 33 minutes 19 seconds

Request a DVD
Members Only - Apply Now
Still image from: 10 Things You Don't Know About Civil Rights
10 Things You Don't Know About
Season 3 / Ep 3
41 minutes 53 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: 1960: Skin Deep
56 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: 1961, The Road to Freedom
51 minutes 57 seconds
Grade Level: 10 - 12
Still image from: A Child Shall Lead Them: Two Days In September 1957
23 minutes 18 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Still image from: A History Of American Indian Achievement: American Indian Renaissance
A History Of American Indian Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 8
27 minutes 58 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: A History Of Chinese American Achievement In The United States: A New Chinese American Identity Emerges
A History Of Chinese American Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 4
27 minutes 3 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: A History Of Chinese American Achievement In The United States: Chinese Americans Enter Mainstream Culture
A History Of Chinese American Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 5
27 minutes 14 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: A History Of Chinese American Achievement In The United States: Chinese Americans Spread Their Wings
A History Of Chinese American Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 3
28 minutes 6 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: A History Of Chinese American Achievement In The United States: Exclusion And Acceptance
A History Of Chinese American Achievement
Season 0 / Ep 2
26 minutes 58 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
Still image from: A History of Civil Rights in America (1774-1833)
A History of Civil Rights in America
Episode 1
29 minutes 7 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12

Viewer Comments

  • Tiny default profile photo
    Gerard G. (Oceanside, NY)
    February 7th, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Great Copy of this classic film. Closed captioning is perfect.