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The Birth of a Race is a 1918 American silent drama film directed by John W. Noble. It was made as a response to the 1915 film The Birth of a Nation, and was meant to discredit the negative stereotypes perpetuated by the film. The Birth of a Race was released following the end of World War I.[1][2][3]

The Birth of a Race
Newspaper advertisement.
Directed by John W. Noble
Produced by Emmett Jay Scott
Music by Joseph Carl Breil
Cinematography Herbert Oswald Carleton
Distributed by Gardiner Syndicate
Release date
  • December 1, 1918 (1918-12-01)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Scene from the film.

This film is preserved at the Library of Congress.[4]



Following the "Birth of the Human Race" section of the film, two brothers in a German-American family go to war in Europe, one ("George") fighting for the United States, and the other ("Oscar") fighting for Germany. George is wounded, and at the hospital defends it from a German attack, killing Oscar in the process. George is sent home to America, where he rescues his wife from a German spy.

Cast (in credits order)Edit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Birth of a Race". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Birth of a Race". AFI. 
  3. ^ "The Birth of a Race". 
  4. ^ "The Birth of a Race". The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog. 

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