Thomas Dixon, Jr.
Novelist, playwright, minister, lecturer
Thomas Dixon, Jr.
Thomas F. Dixon, Jr. was a Southern Baptist minister, playwright, lecturer, North Carolina state legislator, lawyer, and author, perhaps best known for writing The Clansman — which was to become the inspiration for D. W. Griffith's film, The Birth of a Nation (1915).
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Bearspaw gets new council - Cochrane Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
“The people wanted a change and that what's happened,” said Dixon, who had served as chief for a decade before the 2008 election won by David Bearspaw, Jr. Dixon won with 327 votes over Bearspaw with 222 votes. Third runner-up was Randy Baptiste with
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Luther Dixon convicted of federal drug trafficking charge - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Google News - over 5 years
After smelling marijuana, officers searched the van and found a brown paper bag containing about $2000 worth of cocaine and crack cocaine behind a cup holder in the center console of the van, said US Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. Dixon also had $800
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Primalscream Music Composes Emotive Score for Bridgestone/Firestone In Honor ... - SHOOT Online (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
The Creative Group heads were Mike Bales (copywriter) and Craig Anderson (art director) and was produced by JR Dixon. Nicole Dionne founded PrimalScream in 1995, after graduating from UCLA. She immediately began collaborating on several high-profile
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Seminoles set to kick off Legion baseball tourney - Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise
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Current players are from Dewey High (Jason Escalante, Cale Gouge and Britt Robinson), Nowata High (Jimmy Boone and Blake Hilyard), Pawhuska High (Cameron Kirk), Sperry High (JR Dixon-Baughn and Dillon Juby), Oologah High (Riley Allen, Zack Cantwell,
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Nothing beats a live auction - Sumter Item
Google News - almost 6 years
Dixon, 50, is a native Sumterite whose company, JR Dixon Auctions, evolved from a childhood fascination with the business. His latest venture is online auctions, and an estate sale at a Henderson Street home has kept him busy for the past week or so
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Paid Notice: Deaths DIXON, COURTLANDT PALMER JR
NYTimes - about 10 years
DIXON--Courtlandt Palmer Jr of Old Lyme, CT and formerly of Lawrence, LI, NY, died on November 30, 2006. He graduated from St. Paul's School, Concord, NH and Yale University, where he was a member of the celebrated Wiffenpoof Glee Club, in 1939. He served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during WWII. He was a Senior VicePresident of Ted Bates & Co., in
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  • 1946
    Died on April 3, 1946.
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  • 1939
    Fourteen months later, on 26 February 1939 Dixon suffered a crippling cerebral hemorrhage.
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    He wrote his last novel, The Flaming Sword, in 1939 and not long after he was crippled by a cerebral hemorrhage.
    More Details Hide Details While never abandoning his belief in white supremacy, Dixon was not enthusiastic about the revived second era Ku Klux Klan. He felt it was bigoted and in no way resembled the reconstruction Klan. He called antisemitism "idioncy", noting that the mother of Jesus was Jewish and lauded the loyalty and good citizenship of Catholics. He also felt it was the duty of whites to "lift up and help the weaker races".
  • 1915
    His photoplay, The Birth of a Nation, appeared in 1915.
    More Details Hide Details Thomas Dixon's writings are often quoted by White Nationalist organizations today. Dixon was the author of 22 novels; additionally, he wrote many plays, sermons, and works of nonfiction. He also wrote some film scripts. His writing mostly centered around three major themes: (1) the need for racial purity; (2) the evils of socialism; and (3) the necessity of a stable family with a traditional role for the wife/mother. A common theme found in his novels is violence against white woman, mostly, though not always by a Southern black man. These crimes are almost always avenged through the course of the story, the source of which most likely stems from a belief of Dixon's that his mother was sexually abused as a child.
  • 1910
    In the play, The Sins of the Father, which was produced in 1910-11, Dixon himself played the leading role.
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  • 1899
    He continued preaching there until 1899 when he began to lecture full time.
    More Details Hide Details It was on the lecture circuit that Dixon found his niche. He enjoyed the work tremendously, and he was often hailed as the best lecturer in the nation. He gained an immense following throughout the country, and particularly in the South, where he played up his speeches on the plight of the working man, and the horrors of Reconstruction. It was during such a lecture tour that Dixon attended a theatrical version of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. Dixon could hardly contain his anger and outrage at the play; it is said that he literally "wept at play's misrepresentation of southerners." Dixon vowed that the "true story" of the South should be told. As a direct result of this experience, Dixon wrote his first novel The Leopard's Spots (1902), which employs several characters, including Simon Legree, recycled from Stowe's novel.
  • 1895
    So, in 1895, Dixon resigned from the Baptist ministry, and started preaching at a nondenominational church.
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  • 1894
    The most popular of which were 'The Clansman' and 'The Leopard's Spots,' from which 'The Birth of a Nation' was dramatized. -- His Wife Madelyn Donovan 1894-1975."
    More Details Hide Details His brother, the popular preacher Amzi Clarence Dixon, was famous for helping to edit The Fundamentals, a series of articles (and later volumes) influential in fundamentalist Christianity. Notes Bibliography
  • 1889
    In August 1889, Dixon accepted a post in New York City, despite the fact that his Boston congregation was willing to double his pay if he would stay.
    More Details Hide Details In New York, Dixon would preach at new heights, bumping elbows with the likes of John D. Rockefeller and Theodore Roosevelt (who he helped in a campaign for New York Governor). Sometime in the next five years, however, Dixon became disillusioned with the church, and he began to believe that he could no longer belong to any particular denomination.
  • 1887
    On April 10, 1887 Dixon moved to the Second Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details His popularity rose quickly, and before long he was offered a position at the Dudley Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. As his popularity on the pulpit grew, so did his demand as a lecturer. While preaching in Boston, Dixon was asked to give the commencement address at Wake Forest University. Additionally, he was offered a possible honorary doctorate from the university. Dixon himself rejected the offer, but he sang high praises about a relative unknown who Dixon believed deserved the honor, his old friend Woodrow Wilson. A reporter at Wake Forest who heard Dixon's praises of Wilson put a story on the national wire, giving Wilson his first national exposure.
  • 1886
    Dixon married his first wife Harriet Bussey on 3 March 1886.
    More Details Hide Details His wife and he were forced to elope to Montgomery, Alabama, after Bussey's father refused to give his consent. Dixon and Harriet Bussey had three children together: Thomas III, Louise, and Gordon. Following a career of major ups and downs that saw Dixon earn and lose millions, Dixon ended his career as a court clerk in Raleigh, North Carolina. Harriet died on 29 December 1937.
    Church records show that in October 1886 Dixon moved to the parsonage at 125 South John Street in Goldsboro, NC to serve as the Pastor of the First Baptist Church.
    More Details Hide Details Already a lawyer and fresh out of Wake Forest Seminary, life in Goldsboro must not have been what young Dixon had been expecting for a first preaching assignment. The social upheaval that Dixon portrays in his later works was largely melded through Dixon’s experiences in the crucible that was post-war Wayne County during reconstruction. General Sherman’s army seized the Goldsboro railroad hub at the end of their march through the south, and Union troops occupied it for years after the war. Local author James Monroe Hollowell's Wartime Reminiscences gives detailed accounts of troops committing numerous war crimes against the population. Newly paroled confederates returning to Wayne County became Klansmen to combat the “reign of terror” by the black troops.
    Dixon was ordained as a Baptist minister on October 6, 1886, with his first practice in Greensboro, where he had attended law school.
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    Dixon retired from politics in 1886 after only one term in the legislature.
    More Details Hide Details He said that he was disgusted by the corruption and the back-door deals of the lawmakers, and he is quoted as referring to politicians as "the prostitutes of the masses." However short, Dixon's political career gained him popularity throughout the South for his championing of Confederate veterans' rights. Following his career in politics, Dixon practiced private law for a short time, but he would find little satisfaction as a lawyer and he would soon leave the profession to become a minister.
  • 1885
    An excellent student, Dixon received his law degree in 1885.
    More Details Hide Details It was during law school that Dixon's father convinced Thomas Jr. to enter politics. After graduation, Dixon ran for the local seat in the North Carolina General Assembly. Despite being only twenty years of age and not even old enough to vote for himself, he won the election by a two-to-one margin, a victory that was attributed to his masterful oratory skills.
  • 1884
    On January 11, 1884, despite the objections of his friend Woodrow Wilson, Dixon left Johns Hopkins University to pursue an education and a career on the stage.
    More Details Hide Details Dixon headed to New York City and enrolled in the Frobisher School to study drama. As an actor, Dixon's physical appearance became a problem - he was six foot three inches tall but only weighed 150 pounds, making for a very lanky appearance. One producer remarked that because of his appearance Dixon would not succeed as an actor, but he complimented Dixon for his intelligence and attention to detail and recommended that Dixon put his love for the stage into scriptwriting. Despite the compliment, Dixon returned home to North Carolina in shame. Upon his return to Shelby, Dixon quickly realized that he was in the wrong place to begin to cultivate his playwriting skills. After his initial disappointment from his Frobisher rejection Dixon, with the encouragement of his father, enrolled in the Greensboro Law School in Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • 1883
    As a student there, Dixon performed remarkably well, and in 1883, after only four years, Dixon earned a masters degree.
    More Details Hide Details His record at Wake Forest was outstanding, and he earned the distinction of achieving the highest student honors ever awarded at the university to that date. Following his graduation from Wake Forest, Dixon received a scholarship to attend the Johns Hopkins University political science program. Here he met and befriended future President Woodrow Wilson.
  • 1879
    In September 1879 Dixon enrolled at Wake Forest where he studied history and political science.
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  • 1877
    In 1877, Dixon entered the Shelby Academy, where he earned a diploma in only two years.
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  • 1864
    Born on January 11, 1864.
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