Film opens showing members of an African American family seated on the porch of their house in the Cooper River District of South Carolina. They are all engaged, including the father, in weaving, what in those days were called, "Congo Baskets." (The grass used by these basket makers is indigenous to the Cooper River District, and not found elsewhere. But the same type of baskets are made in various parts of Lowcountry Africana, associated with the Geechee-Gullah culture in the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia.) As the basket makers work, a man, with a pig on a leash, walks slowly past the busy family. In the next scene, while others continue working on their baskets, the man deftly cuts Palmetto leaves into strips that are used to sew the baskets. Next, the camera focuses on individual workers showing their dexterity and skill as they work. In the final scene, the man examines and displays finished baskets of several different designs.
Excerpt from the fictional film "Birth of a Nation". A pro Southern dramatization on the effect of the Civil War and the reconstruction. Prewar conditions on the Cameron estate in Piedmont, South Carolina. The members of the southern Cameron and northern Stoneman families of Washington are introduced. Men and women reading a newspaper outside a house. The newspaper headlined read: 'If the North carries the election, the South will secede'. An abolitionists meeting. They discuss about the news. The Stoneman library in Washington. Women cleaning the library. One of the woman leaves. A man enters and talks to the woman. They argue and the man leaves the room. The woman cry. Man portrayed as Leader of the Senate Charles Sumner in the library. He looks at the books kept on a table. He arrives near the woman and talks to her. A woman and a man talking amongst themselves in a room. Other man enters and talks to them.
Excerpt from the fictional film "Birth of a Nation". A pro-Southern dramatization by actors on the effect of the Civil War and the Reconstruction. Men gather in Masters Hall in the State House of Representatives in South Carolina. Majority of negroes sit in the hall. A negro speaker speaks in the hall in front of everyone. Another negro man eats on the table. They talk amongst themselves. A man drinks. One of them puts his shoes on the table. A man puts his legs on the table. They misbehave. Speaker asks everyone to wear shoes. White visitors seen in the gallery. An intermarriage bill passed in the meeting. People talk. Negro people cheer.
Excerpt from the fictional film "Birth of a Nation". A pro-Southern dramatization by actors on the effect of the Civil War and the Reconstruction. A man sits on a chair in front of a house in South Carolina. A lady stands nearby him. Other men stand near him. They all discuss on a paper. Little Colonel joins and discusses with them. Negroes and Whites meet in a hall. A Negro speaker speaks in front of them. People stand in a field in front of a house. Negro soldiers in a field. Negroes and Whites arrive for voting. Negro soldiers take a man with them on gun point for not voting for them from a house. A man stands outside a house. The hands of the abducted man tied with ropes. The man is punished. Little Colonel discusses with all other men in this respect. The punished man talks to them.
Excerpt from the fictional film "Birth of a Nation". A pro-Southern dramatization by actors on the effect of the Civil War and the Reconstruction. A man talks to a woman named "Elsie". He tells her that her brother has slain a Negro. Elsie stands with the man in front of a house. She expects her father's arrival. She sits on a chair in the house. Men and women in a house. Soldiers in a field. Other people on horse-carts leave the place. They live in a little cabin. They sit inside the cabin. They come out and discuss. The North and South enemies unite again for common defense. Negro soldiers arrive at the place with guns in their hands. They search out people.
Excerpt from the fictional film "Birth of a Nation". A pro-Southern dramatization by actors on the effect of the Civil War and the Reconstruction. A man sits on a chair. He looks at a paper. A man arrives. Two negro soldiers with swords in their hands arrive with the man. They talk amongst themselves. They argue. The man gives a white mask and clothes to him. He goes back. A lady arrives near the man. She talks to him. She views the paper and discusses with him.