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Quotations from The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation is a historical romance drama film that follows the lives of two brothers as they visit their friends in South Carolina, but as the Civil War breaks out, they must join opposite armies. The film follows their lives as they go through major historical events like the Civil War, Lincoln's assassination, and the birth of the KKK.

The Birth of a Nation is considered as one of the most influential films in cinema history. Continue reading for more information about the film along with some quotes from The Birth of a Nation.

Directed by
D.W. Griffith

Starring: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, and Henry B. Walthall

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Quotes from The Birth of a Nation

Mammy: [to a servant from the North, who attempts to make her carry his bags] You' northern lown down black trash, don't try no airs on me.

Elsie Stoneman: [Ben is to be hanged. Elsie has an idea] We will ask mercy from the Great Heart.

Austin Stoneman: [to Silas Lynch, "mulatto leader of the blacks"] Don't scrape to me. You are the equal of any man here.

Col. Ben Cameron: [to Elsie, whose portrait he has been carrying] Though we had never met, I have carried you about with me for a long, long time.

John Wilkes Booth: Sic semper tyrannis!

Flora Cameron: [letter to Ben] - and you have really grown a moustache - oh my! I'm just dying, dying to see you. Well, I'm growing up too - they say I'm such a big girl now you wouldn't know me. XXXXXX Kisses Your little
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Flora Cameron: big Sis

Abraham Lincoln: [Lincoln, on his policy for the defeated Southern states] I shall deal with them as though they had never been away.

Flora Cameron: [to Gus] Stay away or I'll jump!

Mrs. Cameron: [Lincoln signs a pardon for Ben] Mr. Lincoln has given back your life to me.
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