104: The Birth of a Nation

Actual title card from The Birth of a Nation.

The NAACP is formed. Jack Johnson becomes the first black world heavyweight boxing champion. Leo Frank, The Birth of a Nation, and the Ku Klux Klan. Our African-American History Month episode.






Opening War Theme

Prélude from Carmen Suite No. 1
Composed in 1875 by Georges Bizet. Public domain.
Performed by Papalin and used pursuant to a Creative Commons CC BY 3.0 license. Source.

“Ride of the Valkyries” from Die Walküre
Composed in 1870 by Richard Wagner. Public domain.
Performed by the United States Marine Band. Public domain recording. Source.

Closing War Theme


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One thought on “104: The Birth of a Nation

  1. This was a great episode but difficult to listen to. It’s just hard to imagine that people can buy into the idea that one race is better than another and you can do whatever you want to someone for that reason.

    Even harder to believe that these beliefs were not limited to only the uneducated and even the president went along with segregation.

    I wonder, what better things could be been created if Dixon and Griffith had rejected this ideology?


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