|Also Known As: ||
||April 1, 1951
||January 2, 1884
||Cause of Death:
||Metropolis, Illinois, USA
RATE AND COMMENT
Lived in Chicago in the early 1900s
Became sole black man to obtain a land claim in Gregory, South Dakota; obtained 500 acres of land and worked as a hoemsteader
Wrote first novel "The Conquest"
Approached by Noble and George Johnson who wanted to purchase screen rights to one of his novels, "The Homesteader"
Feature directorial debut with film version of "The Homesteader"; first full-length feature produced by an American black
Directed Paul Robeson in "Body and Soul"
First talking film, "The Exile"
Made last film, "The Betrayal"