Definition of The Birth of a Nation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

The Birth of a Nation

 
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a US silent film (1915) by D W Griffith. It tells the story of the American Civil War and the period of Reconstruction after it. Although it was a great success and influenced later films, it made the Ku Klux Klan seem good, and there was violence in several US cities when it was shown.