Parsing Fact From Fiction In New Film 'Birth Of A Nation'

Oct 7, 2016

Now playing in theaters, the film "The Birth of a Nation," reclaims the title of a 1915 movie by D.W. Griffith, which remains highly controversial for its seemingly sympathetic portrayal of the Confederacy and the Ku Klux Klan, and its use of black face. The new film, from Actor and Director Nate Parker, tells the story of the Nat Turner Rebellion, a slave uprising in Virginia in 1831 that left scores of white men, women, and children dead.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Chuck Hinman talked to Associate Professor of History at Providence College, Patrick Breen about the new film and the historic event it portrays. Breen is the author of a recent book about the Turner Rebellion, "The Land Shall be Deluged in Blood."