Thomas Dixon - A Question

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 11.03.22 AMI have recently been engaged in a re-read of Thomas Dixon's The Clansman - the novel that inspired D. W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation. This book is undeniably racist. But riddle me this. Is Dixon writing with historical accuracy from  his perspective or intentionally manipulating history with an eye toward a cultural/political agenda? I've heard both sides of the argument - generally the latter. Thoughts?

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