How much was the option on Thomas Dixon, Jr.’s The Klansman, the book on which The Birth of a Nation (1915) was based?

D. W. Griffith paid $2,500 for the rights to Thomas Dixon, Jr.’s The Klansman, the book on which The Birth of a Nation (1915) was based.

Dixon also received a twenty-five percent interest on the picture, which brought him several million dollars.

The Birth of a Nation also drew on Dixon’s novel The Leopard’s Spots.

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