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Attucks and the Birth of a Nation

Presented by Revolutionary Spaces at Old South Meeting House, Boston MA

Jan 27 2021
Attucks and the Birth of a Nation

Revolutionary Spaces in conversation with local historians to discuss William Monroe Trotter, Crispus Attucks, and the racist film “The Birth of a Nation.”

In 1915, D.W. Griffith released his racist film The Birth of a Nation, which celebrated white Southern violence against formerly enslaved people at the end of the Civil War, and led directly to the creation of the new Ku Klux Klan.

“Attucks & the Birth of a Nation” explores how William Monroe Trotter, a prominent Black Boston activist, protested the film by invoking the memory of Crispus Attucks, a man of Black and Native descent who was the first to fall at the Boston Massacre: Attucks's

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