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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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Korean War Atrocities: Interviews with Prisoners of War Documentary Film

Friday, December 30th, 2011

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The US reported that North Korea mistreated prisoners of war: soldiers were beaten, starved, put to forced labor, marched to death, and summarily executed.

The KPA killed POWs at the battles for Hill 312, Hill 303, the Pusan Perimeter, and Daejeon—discovered during early after-battle mop-up actions by the UN forces. Later, a US Congress war crimes investigation, the United States Senate Subcommittee on Korean War Atrocities of the Permanent Subcommittee of the Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations reported that “… two-thirds of all American prisoners of war in Korea died as a result of war crimes.”

Although the Chinese rarely executed prisoners like their Korean counterparts, mass starvation and diseases swept through the Chinese run POW camps during the winter of 1950–51. About 43 percent of all US POWs died during this period. The Chinese defended their actions by stating that all Chinese soldiers during this period were suffering mass starvation and diseases due to the lack of competent logistics system. The UN POWs, however, disputed the claim by pointing out that most of the Chinese camps were located near the easily supplied Sino-Korean border, and that starvation was used to force the prisoners to accept the communism indoctrinations programs, which were running in full swing after the starvation was over.

The North Korean Government reported some 70,000 ROK Army POWs; 8,000 were repatriated. South Korea repatriated 76,000 Korean People’s Army POWs. Besides the 12,000 UN Command forces POWs dead in captivity, the KPA might have press-ganged some 50,000 ROK POWs into the North Korean military. Per the South Korean Ministry of Defense, there remained some 560 Korean POWs detained in North Korea in 2008; from 1994 until 2009, some 79 ROK POWs escaped the North.

The North Korean Government denied having POWs from the Korean War, and, via the Korean Central News Agency, reported that the UN forces killed some 33,600 KPA POWs; that on 19 July 1951, in POW Camp No. 62, some 100 POWs were killed as machine-gunnery targets; that on 27 May 1952, in the 77th Camp, Koje Island (now in Geoje), the ROK Army incinerated with flamethrowers some 800 KPA POWs who rejected “voluntary repatriation” south, and instead demanded repatriation north.

In December 1950, National Defense Corps was founded, the soldiers were 406,000 drafted citizens. In the winter of 1951, 50,000 to 90,000 South Korean National Defense Corps soldiers starved to death while marching southward under the Chinese offensive when their commanding officers embezzled funds earmarked for their food. This event is called the National Defense Corps Incident.

Duration : 0:25:58


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