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The Birth of a Nation (1915)

PG 02/08/1915 (US) DramaHistoryWar 3h 13m

The Fiery Cross of the Ku Klux Klan!


Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch.

  1. D. W. Griffith

    Director, Writer

  2. Thomas F. Dixon Jr.


  3. Frank E. Woods


Top Billed Cast

  1. Lillian Gish

    Lillian Gish

    Elsie Stoneman

  2. Mae Marsh

    Mae Marsh

    Flora Cameron

  3. Henry B. Walthall

    Henry B. Walthall

    Ben Cameron

  4. Miriam Cooper

    Miriam Cooper

    Margaret Cameron

  5. Mary Alden

    Mary Alden

    Lydia Brown

  6. Ralph Lewis

    Ralph Lewis

    Austin Stoneman

  7. Joseph Henabery

    Joseph Henabery

    Abraham Lincoln

  8. Josephine Crowell

    Josephine Crowell

    Mrs. Cameron

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Full Cast & Crew

The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation

Status Released

Original Language English

Budget $100,000.00

Revenue $11,000,000.00


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