Birth of a Nation

ISBN: 1400083168
ISBN 13: 9781400083169
By: Aaron McGruder Reginald Hudlin Kyle Baker

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Reader's Thoughts


I think my enjoyment of this graphic novel would have been considerably greater if I was Black or had any knowledge of contemporary African American culture. :/


I'm from St. Louis and it makes me look at the eastside in a whole new light (not that I knew much about it in the first place).


It wasn't as comedic or inspiring as the boondocks and the ending could've been much more vindicating but it had it's moments.


Just couldn't get into it. Probably didn't help that american politics aren't my favorite subject to begin with.


birth of a nation at first caught my eye because of the white supremacist movie of the same title featuring the KKK in the origination myth of the klan. very funny. I got a little bored of the layout – sometimes the lack of speech-bubbles got tedious. I have to repeat though, very funny! very clever! amazing piece of satire.


East St. Louis secedes and renames itself "Blackland." Not as good as "The Boondocks."


A nearly perfect satirical stampede, occasionally marred by technical remnants of its origins as a Hollywood spec script.I'm glad it eventually manifested as a comic, though. You can never have too many excuses to give Kyle Baker work.


OMG!!! Loved this book, he needs a sequel. I learned the truth about what happened in the 2001 elections from this satire!! But the state that seceded was the best part!!!


i give it a 3.5 out of 5. Really quick read, really entertaining. Finished in one day. And like somebody else said, the lack of speech bubbles is a little annoying.


kyle baker is pretty funny. why i hate saturn & you are here are great but this takes the cake. south saint louis seceded after the 2000 election & that's just the 1st few pages...


Picked this up as it came across my desk at the Library; love the Boondocks and have fond memories of Bebe Kids, so I figured what the hell.The narrative is classic, East St. Louis secedes from the Union, and makes it work, so that was kinda nice.I laughed out loud a few times, and nodded my head a bunch, so it was worth the couple hours it took me to get through it.High school kids would definitely enjoy this...


I'm not so much of a fan of Hudlin, but pairing with McGruder seems to have worked well - I get the impression that they're both better editors of other people's work and respect each other enough to listen to each other's edits, and that comes together here. Baker's artwork is wonderful, of course. It's a fun alternate history comic.


This book was co-written by Aaron McGruder, of The Boondocks fame. It takes place in a parallel reality, if you will, in the aftermath of an American election much like the one in 2000. Some names have been changed, but there are a lot of recognizable players (e.g., President Caldwell is clearly meant to be President Bush). The story centers on a majority-black city in Missouri where many residents are "mistakenly" kept from voting in the election. Unsatisfied by the response of government to their outcry at being disenfranchised during such a close election, the mayor of the city ultimately decides to do something about it: he declares the city will secede from the Union.There's a lot of praise for this book on the back cover: "memorably funny" - "hilarious" - "brilliant" and so on and so forth. I thought it was just alright. The writers try to balance humor and drama unsuccessfully, and it takes away from the book as a whole. I could tell which lines were supposed to read as jokes, but I wasn't much amused by any of them. I missed the cleverness and wit McGruder has put on display in so many strips of The Boondocks. A lot of the "funny" asides were simply dumb exchanges that just interrupted the flow of the story.Ultimately, I also think the format of a graphic novel really doesn't let the authors do this story justice. Things are addressed too briefly, or handled too neatly, and in the end it's just not a very satisfying read.

Melanie Page

A fantasy rendition of what would happen if a community of black Americans were denied the right to vote by being falsely labeled as "felons" in the government system.The three authors do a smooth job of helping the reader remember the numerous characters and who is speaking. The book doesn't have speech bubbles; instead, you'll read the font below what is mostly pictures within a square space (like a comic strip).I nearly lost it when one citizen of the newly-created "Blackland" yelled, "The Americans are coming! The Americans are coming!"

John Lamberth

Aaron McGruderReally interesting read. I thought they did a great job of creating an "alternate history" book (in graphic novel form) and gave great thought to the unintended consequences of decision making. There were a few things I disagreed with as far as what would happen, but that's more nitpicky than anything. I actually enjoyed this even more than his "Boondocks" stuff.

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