February 27, 2013

What's Missing from Spielberg's Lincoln?

Mike Erickson, Meridian Magazine

How would Lincoln judge the movie bearing his name? In telling the story of how the Thirteenth Amendment ended slavery in America, Spielberg's Lincoln emphasizes the venerable president’s renowned political gifts. After all, the movie is based on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. But if Lincoln were with us today, would he agree that his “political genius” was the driving force behind the end of slavery? Some critics have panned Lincoln for overemphasizing the sixteenth president's role. And Lincoln himself might agree.

In an 1864 letter, Lincoln downplayed his own role in the Civil War. “I attempt no compliment...

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TAGGED: Abolition, Slavery, Abraham Lincoln