[...] the book may be of considerable interest to scholars of the first decade of the NAACP, for it makes copious reference to original NAACP sources and gives considerable play to regional and local figures who fought what were not always losing battles to impose local bans on showing the film. [...] Melvyn Stokes's scholarship is so rich and his frame of reference so broad that an observant reader might wonder if D. W. Griffith's film itself didn't midwife a kind of national birth: the birth of the contemporary media-saturated USA, where, nearly a century later, citizenship still dissolves into spectatorship, racism abides, and the appeal of our national myths far outshines the facts of our history.
D.W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation": A History of 'The Most Controversial... Will Watson Southern Quarterly; Fall 2009; 47,
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