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Deconstructing Reconstruction: ReBirth of a Nation’s Perspective on Race

Tuesday, October 2 2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The Ware Center - 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603

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The Ware Center

On the 150th Anniversary of the 14th Amendment (July 1868) as well as the death of Thaddeus Stevens (Aug 1868), considered the father of that essential amendment, Lancaster’s scholars, civic leaders, and activists confront Birth of a Nation’s political and social legacies to explore the connection between media representations and lasting cultural attitudes on race. Screening of film (Part 2) at 6:30; panel discussion to follow. Panel: Dr. Paul McEwan, has written about the film for Cinema Journal, Film History, and Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film. He is the author of a book in the BFI Classics series on The Birth of a Nation and also working on a full-length monograph entitled Birth of a Film Nation: D.W. Griffith, American Racism, and the Rise of Cinema Culture. Dr. Richard Moss, author of Creating the New Right Ethnic in 1970s America: The Intersection of Anger and Nostalgia, Professor of History at Harrisburg Area Community College Mr. Ismail Smith Wade-El, NAACP member and City Councilman of Lancaster Dr. Louise Stevenson, faculty from Franklin & Marshall and Lincoln expert; her class is reading The Clansman, the novel on which Birth of a Nation was based.