Thomas Dixon

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Person.png Thomas Dixon  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, lawyer, author)
BornThomas Frederick Dixon Jr.
11 January 1864
Died3 April 1946 (Age 82)

Thomas Dixon (11 January 1864 – 3 April 1946) was a Southern Baptist minister, playwright, lecturer, politician, lawyer, and author who wrote two early 20th-century novels, "The Leopard's Spots: A Romance of the White Man's Burden – 1865–1900" (1902) and "The Clansman" (1905), that glorified the Ku Klux Klan's vigilantes, romanticised Southern White Supremacy, and opposed the equal rights for blacks during the Reconstruction era.[1]

Film director D. W. Griffith adapted "The Clansman" for the screen in "The Birth of a Nation" (1915), which stimulated the formation of the 20th-century version of the Klan.[2]


  1. Maxwell Bloomfield, "Dixon's 'The Leopard's Spots': A Study in Popular Racism." American Quarterly 16.3 (1964): 387-401. online
  2. "Thomas Dixon, Jr.: Conflicts in History and Literature"
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