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The Flaming Sword

The Flaming Sword

Thomas Dixon
With an Introduction and Notes by John David Smith
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 488
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt2jctn5
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    The Flaming Sword
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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. Thomas Dixon (1864-1946) was born in Shelby, North Carolina. He is the author of The Clansman and The Sins of the Father.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-7211-8
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
  3. Letter from the Author
    (pp. xi-xii)
  4. Note to the Reader
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xv-xxx)
    John David Smith

    Writing from London in 1938, the black nationalist and pan-Africanist Marcus Garvey commented on the response of African Americans to the writings of the famous white supremacist and novelist Thomas Dixon Jr. (1864–1946). “Mr. Dixon’s presentations up to the present,” Garvey wrote, “have been regarded by a large number of Negroes as being doubtful as far as their interests are concerned. Another number of us have not given sufficient thought to the work to place it in any particular category, and still there are some of us who regard his work as being expressive of the white man’s desire...

  6. A Note on the Text
    (pp. xxxi-xxxii)
  7. Part I THE CRIME
    (pp. 1-150)

    Angela Cameron stood before an old fashioned mirror dressing with unusual care. She was seventeen years old—intensely modern. People never spoke of her as pretty. She was too tall and stately. Yet no man in Piedmont ever looked at her without declaring her beautiful. Her face was the perfect oval of a Madonna. Her figure full and graceful, suggested exhaustless vitality. Her soft brown hair was one of the loveliest things about her. It flashed in the Southern sun with a suggestion of subdued flame, and the sparkle in her brown eyes added to the illusion.

    A year ago...

  8. Part II THE SEARCH
    (pp. 151-310)

    Afeeling of depression followed the burst of insane passion which resulted in the burning of Dan Hose. Thoughtful men and women asked themselves the question where such a Conflict of Color could end? Liberal leaders had preached the brotherhood of man and urged closer and friendlier relations of white and blacks. And just when the skies seemed brightest, suddenly from the jungle of Africa stalked a beast who blotted out civilization.

    From the wrath of white men the Negroes hid and kept to their homes for days. Only a few women ventured to bring in the food needed to sustain...

  9. Part III THE SOLUTION
    (pp. 311-453)

    Angela’s reaction to the breach with Phil was a vigorous reassertion of her complete personal liberty. She had broken with her childhood playfellow. Phil’s accusations of crime against Murino had made no impression.

    He had been wise enough not to ask for an immediate answer to his unconventional proposal. He knew instinctively that he would get the answer when she had played fully with the idea. That she was playing with it he never doubted for a moment. Her gaiety and good fellowship, her graceful acceptance of his gifts of daily flowers, all convinced him of that. Whether it was...