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The Flaming Sword

The Flaming Sword

by Thomas Dixon

Introduction by John David Smith

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

488 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, illus

  • Paperback
  • 9780813191294
  • Published: May 2005

$45.00

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Thomas Dixon is perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling early twentieth-century Klan trilogy that included the novel The Clansman (1905), which provided the core narrative for D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking and still controversial film The Birth of a Nation (1915). In his twenty-eighth and last novel, The Flaming Sword (1939), Dixon takes to task his long-standing black critics, especially W.E.B. DuBois, by attacking what he considered to be a vast conspiracy by blacks and Communists to destroy America.

A new introduction and detailed notes by John David Smith offer a valuable historical and critical perspective on this important and divisive classic of American literature, exploring the controversial ideas of race and white supremacy in modern society.