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Starlyn D'Angelo, "Shakers and Birth of a Nation"

  • Dates: April 28, 2018
  • Overview

    It was 1915 and the entire country was fascinated by DW Griffith’s film, The Birth of a Nation, including the Shakers. The Birth of a Nation was controversial due to its racist content but the Albany Shakers were dazzled by the astounding technical innovations used by Griffith. In this discussion, SHS Executive Director, Starlyn D’Angelo will explore the contradictions between Shaker values, their involvement in the Underground Railroad, and their enthusiastic trip to the movies in 1915.