Alexander: ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Is an Epic Fail | The Nation

Leslie Alexander reviews Birth of a Nation for The Nation: "After attending an advance screening of the film, however, I now know that Parker failed miserably in his mission. Contrary to his promises of “historical fidelity,” Parker created a deeply flawed, historically inaccurate movie that exploits and distorts Nat Turner’s story and the history of … Continue reading Alexander: ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Is an Epic Fail | The Nation

Alexander on Black Identity in New York

During the early national and antebellum eras, black leaders in New York City confronted the tenuous nature of Northern emancipation. Despite the hope of freedom, black New Yorkers faced a series of sociopolitical issues including the persistence of Southern slavery, the threat of forced removal, racial violence, and the denial of American citizenship. Even efforts … Continue reading Alexander on Black Identity in New York