A photograph of early twentieth-century filmmaker D. W. Griffith who produced The Birth of A Nation, ca. 1923.
D. W. Griffith, the son of a Kentucky slave owner, became one of the silent-screen era's most influential directors. He is best remembered for his epic film The Birth of a Nation (1915). The film portrayed the Ku Klux Klan as the solution to preventing African Americans from “taking over” the country during Reconstruction.