The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

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Drama, History, War & Military
3h 13min
Age rating


Lillian Gish
Elsie, Stoneman's daughter
Mae Marsh
Flora Cameron, the pet sister
Henry B. Walthall
Col. Ben Cameron
Miriam Cooper
Margaret Cameron, elder sister
Mary Alden
Lydia [Brown], Stoneman's mulatto housekeeper
Ralph Lewis
Hon. Austin Stoneman, leader of the house
George Siegmann
Silas Lynch, mulatto Lieut. Governor
Walter Long
Gus, a renegade negro
Wallace Reid
Jeff, the blacksmith
Joseph Henabery
Abraham Lincoln
Elmer Clifton
Phil, Stoneman's elder son
George Beranger
Wade Cameron, second son
Maxfield Stanley
Duke Cameron, youngest son
Jennie Lee
Mammy, the faithful servant
Donald Crisp
Gen. U.S. Grant
Howard Gaye
Gen. Robert E. Lee
Sam De Grasse
Charles Sumner
Tom Wilson
Stoneman's servant
Fred Burns
Elmo Lincoln
Raoul Walsh
John Wilkes Booth
Harry Braham
Cameron's Male Servant
Bob Burns
Klan Leader
Peggy Cartwright
Young Girl in Cabin
John Ford
Olga Grey
Laura Keene
Alberta Lee
Mrs. Lincoln
Betty Marsh
Child with Dr. Cameron
Eugene Pallette
Union Soldier
Alma Rubens
Belle of 1861
Jules White
Confederate Soldier
Violet Wilkey
Young Flora Cameron
David Butler
Northern Soldier / Confederate Soldier


Two families, abolitionist Northerners the Stonemans and Southern landowners the Camerons, intertwine. When Confederate colonel Ben Cameron is captured in battle, nurse Elsie Stoneman petitions for his pardon. In Reconstruction-era South Carolina, Cameron founds the Ku Klux Klan, battling Elsie's congressman father and his African-American protégé, Silas Lynch.

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