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NOTES TO PAGES 000–000 213 Notes INTRODUCTION 1. Raymond Allen Cook, “The Literary Principles of Thomas Dixon,” Georgia Review, p. 97. 2. F. Garvin Davenport Jr., “Thomas Dixon’s Mythology of Southern History,” p. 350. 3. A statement from 1883 quoted in Paul H. Buck, The Road to Reunion, 1865–1900, New York: Vintage Books, 1959, p. 295. 4. Moving Picture World, June 3, 1916, p. 1671. 5. When Leni Riefenstahl came to New York in November 1937, she visited a Harlem nightclub and commented on the Negro stage show: “It is breathtaking jungle ability, but no brains and no inspiration. Did a Negro ever make a great invention?” She continued, “The Jews are backing the Negroes politically. Under their influence the Negroes will become communists, and so the Jew and the Negro will bring bolshevism to America.” It is a comment with which Dixon would agree in part, but unlike Riefenstahl, he would never denigrate the Jews. See Ernest Jaeger, “How Leni Riefenstahl Became Hitler’s Girlfriend,” Hollywood Tribune, June 2, 1939, p. 11. Riefenstahl’s comments echo those of Thomas Dixon in The Leopard’s Spots: “The African has held one fourth of this globe for 3000 years. He has never taken one step in progress or rescued one jungle from the ape and the adder, except as the slave of a superior race” (p. 441). And also those of Dr. Cameron to Austin Stoneman in The Clansman: Since the dawn of history the negro has owned the Continent of Africa—rich beyond the dream of a poet’s fancy, crunching NOTES TO PAGES 000–000 214 acres of diamonds beneath his bare black feet. Yet he never picked one up from the dust until a white man showed to him its glittering light. His land swarmed with powerful and docile animals, yet he never dreamed a harness, cart, or sled. A hunter by necessity, he never made an axe, spear or arrow-head worth preserving beyond the moment of its use. He lives as an ox, content to graze for an hour. In a land of stone and timber he never sawed a foot of lumber, carved a block, or built a house save of broken sticks and mud. With league on league of ocean strand and miles of inland seas, for four thousand years he watched their surface ripple upon the wind, heard the thunder of the surf on his beach, the howl of the storm over his head, gazed on the dim blue horizon calling him to worlds that lie beyond, and yet he never dreamed a sail! He lived as his fathers lived—stole his food, worked his wife, sold his children, ate his brother, content to drink, sing, dance, and sport as the ape! (p. 292) 6. Lee B. Weathers, Thomas Dixon, p. 1. 7. Thomas Dixon, Southern Horizons, p. 312. 8. Irving Harlow Hart, “Best Sellers in Fiction during the First Quarter of the Twentieth Century,” Publishers Weekly, February 14, 1925, pp. 525–27. 9. Motion Picture News, July 7, 1923, p. 46. 10. Quotes from Dixon’s entry in Martin Seymour-Smith and Andrew C. Kimmens, World Authors, 1900–1950, p. 726. 11. Raymond Allen Cook, Thomas Dixon, p. 52. 12. Quotes in Shelby (N.C.) Cleveland Times, January 3, 1967, p. 8. 13. May 14, 1924, speech by Dixon to the American Booksellers Association, New York, reported in the New York Times, May 15, 1924, p. 21. 14. Brian R. McGee, “Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman,” p. 300. 15. Lynde Denig, “Thomas Dixon Lauds the Cinema,” p. 1671. 16. Thomas Dixon, “Booker T. Washington and the Negro,” p. 1. 17. Quoted in Raymond Allen Cook, “The Literary Principles of Thomas Dixon,” p. 101. 18. Kim Magowan, “Coming between the ‘Black Beast’ and the White Virgin,” p. 18. NOTES TO PAGES 5–12 NOTES TO PAGES 000–000 215 1. THE LIFE WORTH LIVING 1. Correctly, the subject of this book is named Thomas Dixon Jr. However, for the purpose of convenience, and because he was generally referred to without it in his lifetime, I am dropping the “Jr.” in the text and the notes. 2. Lee B. Weathers, Thomas Dixon, p. 5. 3. Thomas Dixon, Southern Horizons, p. 1. 4. Ibid, p. 29. 5. Kenneth J. Jackson, The Ku Klux Klan in the City, 1915–1930, New York: Oxford University Press, 1967, p. 131. 6. “Klokard Haywood Here to Aid Ku Klux,” New York Times, February 5, 1923, p...

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ISBN
9780813171913
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9780813123288
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OCLC
859679587
Pages
264
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2012-01-01
Language
English
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