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“A Most Serious Loss in Business”: Race, Citizenship and Protest in New Haven, Connecticut

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This history of the exhibition of Birth of a Nation in New Haven, Connecticut foregrounds Black New Haveners unique political tactics, used to challenge the film’s 1915 screening. I track the judicial and rhetorical contestations in Connecticut’s largest city, arguing for the significant ways claims of “history” were constituted by elected officials, religious leaders, and business owners. Understanding this complex story of Birth’s exhibition in New Haven complicates broader understandings of the relationship between cinema, civic belonging, municipal censorship, and race.

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Forster, N. (2023). “A Most Serious Loss in Business”: Race, Citizenship and Protest in New Haven, Connecticut. In: Stokes, M., McEwan, P. (eds) In the Shadow of The Birth of a Nation. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-04737-4_8

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