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Nate Parker's slave-revolt drama 'The Birth of a Nation' wields its emotions like a blunt instrument when subtlety is called for

Like Nat Turner, the protagonist of his "The Birth of a Nation," Nate Parker dreamed a mighty dream. Turner, the leader of an Aug. 21, 1831, slave revolt, the most successful in American history, dreamed of ending the institution of slavery once and for all. Less than three months later, he was...
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