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Reconstruction policies proved to be the seeds of failure in American race relationsin the 19th century Reconstruction demanded the Negroes freedom their civil rights theopportunity for economic freedom education and the right to vote This idea of Negroequality was the most controversial aspect of radical reconstruction and violence was oneof the means used to undermine Reconstruction Racism and violence have proved to beinterrelated factors in American society In the words of WEB Du Bois The slave wentfree stood a brief moment in the sun then moved back again toward slavery The Southern whites ideology expressed certain propositions about the black manin society The abolition of slavery ended the institution but not the system of beliefsassumptions and values they held concerning the Negro Within the context of this whitesupremacist ideology racism flourished The black man was viewed as being part of acaste system where they were relegated to the bottom of the social classes with no legalIn the movie The Birth of A Nation the director DW Griffith interprets thesocial reality and justifying policies of the Southern white in the 19th century The tone ofthe movie infers that blacks are inherently inferior and are incapable of appreciating thefreedom given to them We are introduced to images of the contented slave working complacently in the field to the freedman who has been corrupted by the Scallywags and Carpetbaggers to the comic Negro in his clownish clothes dancing and performing and to the vicious Negro renegade who attacks a white woman The contrast between the Negro and the Southern white is established not only by characterization but also by southern attitudes and mannerisms Griffith is re-creating the southern ideal of what it meant to be part of a higher civilization with values and an outlook that shaped the souths history He pictures the well-dressed southern gentleman and lady with their genteel manners and refined airs as having the innate ability to appreciate the cotton flower in contrast to
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