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The Holy Sonnets by John Donne

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

chines painting supplies Classic Literature VideoBook with synchronized text, interactive transcript, and closed captions in multiple languages. Audio courtesy of Librivox. Read by David Barnes.

Duration : 0:20:55


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The Birth of a Nation: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Wallace Reid (1915 Movie)

Friday, January 20th, 2012

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The Birth of a Nation (originally called The Clansman) is a 1915 American silent film directed by D. W. Griffith and based on the novel and play The Clansman, both by Thomas Dixon, Jr. Griffith also co-wrote the screenplay (with Frank E. Woods), and co-produced the film (with Harry Aitken). It was released on February 8, 1915. The film was originally presented in two parts, separated by an intermission.

The film chronicles the relationship of two families in Civil War and Reconstruction-era America: the pro-Union northern Stonemans and the pro-Confederacy Southern Camerons over the course of several years. The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth is dramatized.

The film was a huge commercial success, but was highly controversial due to its portrayal of African American men (played by white actors in blackface) as unintelligent and sexually aggressive towards white women, and the portrayal of the Ku Klux Klan (whose original founding is dramatized) as a heroic force. There were widespread protests against The Birth of a Nation, and it was banned in several cities. The outcry of racism was so great that D.W. Griffith was inspired to produce Intolerance the following year.

The film is also credited as one of the events which inspired the formation of the “second era” Ku Klux Klan at Stone Mountain, Georgia in the same year. The Birth of a Nation was used as a recruiting tool for the KKK.

It was the first motion picture to be shown at the White House. President Woodrow Wilson supposedly said the film was “… like writing history with lightning. And my only regret is that it is all so terribly true”. The attribution is disputed.


Lillian Gish as Elsie Stoneman
Mae Marsh as Flora Cameron
Henry B. Walthall as Colonel Ben Cameron
Miriam Cooper as Margaret Cameron
Ralph Lewis as Austin Stoneman
George Siegmann as Silas Lynch
Walter Long as Gus
Robert Harron as Tod Stoneman
Wallace Reid as Jeff the blacksmith
Joseph Henabery as Abraham Lincoln
Elmer Clifton as Phil Stoneman
Josephine Crowell as Mrs. Cameron
Spottiswoode Aitken as Dr. Cameron
George Beranger as Wade Cameron
Maxfield Stanley as Duke Cameron
Jennie Lee as Mammy
Donald Crisp as General Ulysses S. Grant
Howard Gaye as General Robert E. Lee


Mary Alden as Lydia Brown
Monte Blue
Bobby Burns as Klan Leader
David Butler as Union Soldier / Confederate Soldier
Peggy Cartwright as Young Girl
John Ford as Klansman
Gibson Gowland
Sam De Grasse as Senator Charles Sumner
Olga Grey as Laura Keene
Russell Hicks
Elmo Lincoln as Blacksmith
Eugene Pallette as Union Soldier
Vester Pegg
Alma Rubens
Charles Stevens as Volunteer
Madame Sul-Te-Wan as Black Woman
Raoul Walsh as John Wilkes Booth
Jules White
Violet Wilkey as Flora as a child
Tom Wilson as Stoneman’s Servant
Mary Wynn

Duration : 3:0:24


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