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" Thomas Dixon has a notorious reputation as the writer of the source material for D.W. Griffith’s groundbreaking and controversial 1915 feature film The Birth of a Nation . Perhaps unfairly, Dixon has been branded an arch-conservative and a racist obsessed with what he viewed as “the Negro problem.” As American Racist makes clear, however, Dixon was a complex, multitalented individual who, as well as writing some of the most popular novels of the early twentieth century, was involved in the production of some eighteen films. Dixon used the motion picture as a propaganda tool for his often outrageous opinions on race, communism, socialism, and feminism. His most spectacular production, The Fall of a Nation (1916), argues for American preparedness in the face of war and boasts a musical score by Victor Herbert, making it the first American feature film to have an original score by a major composer. Like the majority of Dixon’s films, The Fall of a Nation has been lost, but had it survived, it might well have taken its place alongside The Birth of a Nation as a masterwork of silent film. Anthony Slide examines each of Dixon’s films and discusses the novels from which they were adapted. Slide chronicles Dixon’s transformation from a major supporter of the original Ku Klux Klan in his early novels to an ardent critic of the modern Klan in his last film, Nation Aflame. American Racist is the first book to discuss Dixon’s work outside of literature and provide a wide overview of the life and career of this highly controversial twentieth-century southern populist. Anthony Slide is the author of numerous books, including Silent Players: A Biographical and Autobiographical Study of 100 Silent Film Actors and Actresses.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. 1. The Life Worth Living
  2. pp. 13-24
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  1. 2. Southern History on the Printed Page
  2. pp. 25-50
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  1. 3. Southern History on Stage
  2. pp. 51-70
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  1. 4. Southern History on Film
  2. pp. 71-88
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  1. 5. The Fall of a Nation
  2. pp. 89-104
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  1. 6. The Foolish Virgin and the New Woman
  2. pp. 105-116
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  1. 7. Dixon on Socialism
  2. pp. 117-126
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  1. Illustrations follow page 118
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  1. 8. The Red Scare
  2. pp. 127-142
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  1. 9. Miscegenation
  2. pp. 143-152
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  1. 10. Journeyman Filmmaker
  2. pp. 153-166
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  1. 11. Nation Aflame
  2. pp. 167-184
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  1. 12. The Final Years
  2. pp. 185-194
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  1. 13. Raymond Rohauer and the Dixon Legacy
  2. pp. 195-208
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 209-212
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-226
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 227-232
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 233-242
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813171913
Related ISBN
9780813123288
MARC Record
OCLC
859679587
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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