Broken Chains (1916)

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Captain Harry Ford (Carlyle Blackwell) is tracking down moonshiners in the South when he runs afoul of nasty political goings-on. Some Negroes have stolen a ballot box, but a white man refuses to be bribed for its return and horsewhips the group's leader. The Negro kills the man, and the crime gets pinned on Ford. Ford is sent to prison for life, but escapes when he is put on a road-working gang. His Southern sweetheart, Georgia Gwynne (Ethel Clayton) helps him so that he can prove his innocence and finally the Negro murderer confesses. The racist attitude of this film is on par with that of Birth of a Nation, and is a sad statement on the prevailing attitudes of the 1910s.

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arrest, chain-gang, convict, debt, escape, false-accusation, killing, life-sentence, love, Mother-Superior, murder, officer, on-the-run, power-struggle, rehabilitation [physical therapy], sentence [penal system], Southerner