The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Director: D.W. Griffith

Writer(s): Thomas Dixon Jr., D.W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods

Starring: Henry B. Walthall, Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden, Ralph Lewis, George Siegmann, Walter Long, Robert Harron, Wallace Reid, Joseph Henabery, Elmer Clifton, Josephine Crowell, Spottiswoode Aitken, George Beranger, Maxfield Stanley, Jennie Lee, Donald Crisp, Howard Gaye, Raoul Walsh, Alberta Lee, Sam De Grasse, Violet Wilkey, Olga Grey, Bennie Billings, Monte Blue, Harry Braham, Bob Burns, Edmund Burns, Edward Burns, Fred Burns, David Butler, Peggy Cartwright, William E. Cassidy, Dark Cloud, Lenore Cooper, William De Vaull, Charles Eagle Eye, John Ford, Alberta Franklin, William Freeman, Gibson Gowland, D.W. Griffith, Fred Hamer, Russell Hicks, Walter Huston, Charles King, Elmo Lincoln, Betty Marsh, Donna Montran, Eugene Pallette, Vester Pegg, Jack Pickford, Alma Rubens, Allan Sears, Charles Stevens, Madame Sul-Te-Wan, George Walsh, Jules White, Tom Wilson, Mary Wynn

Synopsis: Two brothers, Phil and Ted Stoneman, visit their friends in Piedmont, South Carolina: the family Cameron. This friendship is affected by the Civil War, as the Stonemans and the Camerons must join up opposite armies. The consequences of the War in their lives are shown in connection to major historical events, like the development of the Civil War itself, Lincoln’s assassination, and the birth of the Ku Klux Klan.

Release Date: March 21, 1915 (USA) | Length: 195 min | Genre: Drama, History, War | Certificate: TV-PG

Note: Other than Madame Sul-Te-Wan the other black actors in this film go uncredited.