On February 8, 1915, a movie produced and directed by D.W Griffith was released, known as, ” The Birth of a Nation.” It was also the first film to be shown inside the White House. Despite its intention to portray the “Civil War” and the “Reconstruction Era”, it had a much pessimistic meaning behind it. It was a racist epic that promoted the Ku Klux Klan. and even depicted them as America’s saviors. Not only did the film encourage the idealism behind the Ku Klux Klan, but it also gave an atrocious depiction of former black slaves and what goes on through their minds. The film also trickles in symbolism throughout the scenes, some may seem like an ordinary part in the movie, but it has a much deeper meaning behind it. The film itself was said to be a representation of the Civil War and the Reconstruction Era. It was depicted by two families, one from the North in Washington, and the other from the South in South Carolina. Throughout the movie, it may seem like a traditional drama between families and the expected occurrences of the civil war, but if paid close attention, there is in fact a more obscene message behind all of it. It is all tied in with racism and the encouragement of the Ku Klux Klan. The members of the group were shown as the heroic figures, while the former black slaves were depicted as foolish and even vile beings. In one scene, a former slave, who is now a politician, is seen with their shoes off on desks, drinking alcohol, and creating mayhem. Which portrayed that former black slaves did not deserve their positions, and were not capable of fulfilling their duties. In spite of revealing racism and inequality of freed slaves, it also creating an uproar with the representation of the Ku Klux Klan. In one scene from the movie, it appeared that white children were frightening black children by using white sheets to cover themselves and pretending to be ghosts. Thus, the representation of the Ku Klux Klan had begun. The Ku Klux Klan, whom were also called the Night Riders, were portrayed as heroes as they lynched a freed slave because of his desire to marry a white women. Many believed that the film intended to promote the idealism behind white supremacy and the Ku Klux Klan. Yet, many did not see behind its symbolism and plain depiction of racism and white supremacy. Despite the film’s representation of racism and the Klan, it also depicted freed slaves as vile and even lustful beings. Throughout the scenes, groups of black men were seen bashing into cabins , causing the Klan to attempt to “rescue” them by being prepared to bash their heads to save them from the lustful black males. Not only were the men portrayed as lustful beings, they were also denied of interracial marriages. Such as when one freed slave announces that he wishes to marry the daughter of an abolitionist, who is horrified by the idea of it. The main idea of the scene, was to show a symbol of the danger of hypersexualized black men pose to white women. Which again, is wrong in every sense. He then chases the daughter of the abolitionist after she refuses his proposal. She then jumps of a cliff to her death, rather than being caught. Overall, the depiction of black men to be vile and lustful beings, is truly a form of the film’s representation of degrading the reputation and image of black men and former slaves. Not only did the film portray negative aspects of former slaves, but it also included symbolism. Such as, the home of the Cameron’s. It was shown to be luxurious and elegant, which later leads the home to be a major target during the war. The home symbolized southern aristocracy, and the targeting represented the aristocracy by the North during the Reconstruction Era. Also, towards the end of the movie, a vision that portrays a personification of war. It shows wounded people, soldiers attacking, and other chaotic scenes. As the vision progresses, a showing of Jesus Christ. A symbolism of the vision is for one, that war is no good, and Christianity is the answer. In conclusion, the film did not do a good job on depicting the Civil War and Reconstruction. In fact, it showed a much more obscene message to the audience, and perhaps maybe not all noticed the true intentions of the film. Such as racism, white supremacy, and the promoting of the Ku Klux Klan. All of which, is the reason why the movie slowly lost popularity, since people began to realize all of the inaccuracies and the bleak theme of the whole film. Therefore, this film is not recommended in the slightest to be used as a resource for the overview of the Civil War and Reconstruction due to its multiple inaccuracies.