The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation

(1915)

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Genres

Drama , History , War & Military

Runtime

3h 13min

Age rating

PG

Cast

Lillian Gish
Stoneman's Daughter Elsie
Mae Marsh
Flora Cameron
Henry B. Walthall
Col. Ben Cameron
Miriam Cooper
Margaret Cameron
Mary Alden
Stoneman's Housekeeper Lydia
Ralph Lewis
Leader of the House Hon. Austin Stoneman
George Siegmann
Lieut. Governor Silas Lynch
Wallace Reid
Jeff, the Blacksmith
Joseph Henabery
Abraham Lincoln
Elmer Clifton
Stoneman's Elder Son Phil
George Beranger
Wade Cameron
Maxfield Stanley
Duke Cameron
Donald Crisp
Gen. U.S. Grant
Howard Gaye
Gen. Robert E. Lee
Sam De Grasse
Charles Sumner
Tom Wilson
Stoneman's Servant
Fred Burns
Klansman
Elmo Lincoln
Blacksmith
Raoul Walsh
John Wilkes Booth
Harry Braham
Cameron's Male Servant
Bob Burns
Klan Leader
Peggy Cartwright
Young Girl in Cabin
Leonore Cooper
Elsie's Maid
John Ford
Klansman
Olga Grey
Laura Keene
Alberta Lee
Mrs. Lincoln
Betty Marsh
Child with Dr. Cameron
Donna Montran
Belle of 1861
Eugene Pallette
Union Soldier
Alma Rubens
Belle of 1861
Jules White
Confederate Soldier
Violet Wilkey
Young Flora Cameron
David Butler
Northern Soldier / Confederate Soldier

Synopsis

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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