Birth of a Nation on Delmarva

I am not sure how many times or places the film was shown on the Eastern Shore, but it was shown in Crisfield, Maryland, in 1917.  In a review of newspaper articles for other purposes, I encountered a number of articles in 1923, during an active period of resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in this country.  Recruitment on Delmarva of that year came in the form of a speaker from KKK headquarters of Atlanta, Georgia, who traveled the Eastern Shore throughout 1923 speaking to large crowds at numerous events.  It seems the series of lectures during that year began on Delmarva at Crisfield and culminated in a huge gathering near Sharptown, Maryland.  A story for another time.

–Linda Duyer

1917 09 15 CT Birth of a Nation


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