[KB] anti-immigration rhetoric

Clarke Rountree rountrj at uah.edu
Mon Nov 28 11:47:06 EST 2016


I wonder how far back this film set civil rights reforms! The country had
to wait for Bull Connor to see the true villains (as opposed to BOAN's
black predators). (For those who don't know, there is a scene in BOAN where
a black rapist threatens a white woman, who saves her purity by leaping
from a cliff.)

Clarke

On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 10:42 AM, Camille K. Lewis <queenlewis at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Page 60 of this google books of Wilson's 1910 _A History of the American
> People_:
>
> https://books.google.com/books?id=L4QUAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=
> Woodrow+Wilson+a+history+of+the+american+people&hl=en&sa=X&ved=
> 0ahUKEwjN5uDy8MvQAhXIJiYKHW6gAskQ6AEIGzAA#v=snippet&q=%
> 22Southern%20country%22&f=false
>
> was cited in Griffith's film, _A Birth of a Nation_.
>
> When Wilson watched the film at the White House, he did respond with "It
> is like writing history with lightning, and my only regret is that it is
> all so terribly true."
>
> We can conclude that everybody was a white supremacist/nativist back then,
> but Wilson was definitely of the "unreconstructed Southerner" type.
>
> C
>
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> On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 11:23 AM, Clarke Rountree <rountrj at uah.edu> wrote:
>
>> I recall his admiration of Birth of a Nation--something about it striking
>> like lightning. I didn't know about the hyphenated Americans comment.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Clarke
>>
>> On Mon, Nov 28, 2016 at 9:59 AM, Camille K. Lewis <queenlewis at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Woodrow Wilson's statement about "hypenated Americans" is considered
>>> nativist. However, he made the statement in 1919 while in office:
>>>
>>> http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/wilsonleagueofnations.htm
>>>
>>> Woodrow Wilson packed his cabinet in his second term with
>>> segregationists, and he was a big fan of _Birth of a Nation_.
>>>
>>> I think the case can be made that he was a nativist. His Treasury
>>> Secretary and later son-in-law, William McAdoo, ran for the Democratic
>>> nomination in 1924, but he failed due to the overwhelming Klan support.
>>>
>>> C
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>>> On Sun, Nov 27, 2016 at 9:12 PM, Clarke Rountree <rountrj at uah.edu>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Good example. Any party nomination winners?
>>>>
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>
>>>> On Nov 27, 2016, at 7:18 PM, John Whalen-Bridge <jwb at nus.edu.sg> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Pat Buchanan, though he didn't become the nominee, ran. He was recently
>>>> called one of America's most influential "public intellectuals" by David
>>>> Brooks, who considers Buchanan the architect behind Trump's position.
>>>>
>>>> ***John Whalen-Bridge***
>>>>    (Sent from my iPhone)
>>>>
>>>> On Nov 28, 2016, at 02:37, Clarke Rountree <rountrj at uah.edu> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Dear Burkelers:
>>>>
>>>> I'm working on a paper on Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric and I have
>>>> a question: When was the last time a presidential candidate for a major
>>>> American political party ran on a nativist platform? I assume during the
>>>> 1890-1920 period of anti-European sentiment or the late-19th century
>>>> anti-Chinese policies there were some major party candidates who used
>>>> anti-immigrant rhetoric. Or did McCarthyism support anti-immigrant
>>>> sentiment, or the opposite (to help those behind the Iron Curtain)?
>>>>
>>>> In my lifetime I don't recall such a nativist candidate. (Wallace in
>>>> 1972 was racist, but he wasn't representing a major party.)
>>>>
>>>> Cheers,
>>>>
>>>> Clarke
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Dr. Clarke Rountree
>>>> Chair and Professor of Communication Arts
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>>>> University of Alabama in Huntsville
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>> Dr. Clarke Rountree
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>> 342 Morton Hall
>> University of Alabama in Huntsville
>> Huntsville, AL  35899
>> 256-824-6646
>> clarke.rountree at uah.edu
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Dr. Clarke Rountree
Chair and Professor of Communication Arts
342 Morton Hall
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Huntsville, AL  35899
256-824-6646
clarke.rountree at uah.edu
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