It is ironic that there was allegedly found in the Lincoln movie (filmed in Richmond!) a historic flaw: That two of the four congressmen from Connecticut voted against the real 13th Amendment! (Not the first 13th Amendment that would have maintained slavery!) The Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney reports as such in the Huffington Post:
He [Courtney] said Tuesday he was shocked that the film, about President Abraham Lincoln’s political struggle to abolish slavery, includes a scene in which two Connecticut congressmen vote against the 13th amendment to the Constitution, outlawing slavery.
“`Wow. Connecticut voted against abolishing slavery?’” Courtney recalled hearing audience members ask. “I obviously had the same reaction. It was really bugging me.”
He said a cursory Internet search confirmed his suspicions that the movie, directed by Steven Spielberg, was historically inaccurate. He asked the Congressional Research Service to investigate, and it reported that all four Connecticut congressmen backed the amendment in a January 1865 vote.
But Cong. Courtney still can’t get history right:
“How could congressmen from Connecticut – a state that supported President Lincoln and lost thousands of her sons fighting against slavery on the Union side of the Civil War – have been on the wrong side of history?” he said in his letter.
The alleged Civil War was not fought or started because of slavery of course. It was fought to determine if a state could leave the Union peacefully. The Southern states tried to do so legally, renouncing their ratification of the Constitution. But Lincoln said no, taunted the South into shooting first and then unconstitutionally prosecuted a war to keep states in a Union they no longer wanted to be in. The wisdom of the seceding states’ actions is not the issue. Secession is seldom if ever wise or appropriate. Lincoln also imprisoned his opponents and we had our first military draft. That is not all: Northern troops raped and pillaged the South, too. Lincoln did nothing to stop it.
At Lew Rockwell’s blog, this was written by a true hero: Professor Thomas DiLorenzo:
I have written of how the theme of Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln” — that Abe used his “political genius” to get the Thirteenth Amendment through Congress — is one big lie. I quoted David Donald, the preeminent mainstream Lincoln scholar of our time, as writing in his biography of Lincoln that Abe barely lifted a finger in the effort. In fact, he literally refused to assist the abolitionists in Congress when they requested his help. Even worse, Lincoln DID work mightily to get a first Thirteenth Amendment passed in 1861 — the “Corwin Amendment” that would have prohibited the federal government from ever interfering with Southern slavery.
And this blog entry says the Lincoln movie has many historical flaws:
Mistakes detailed on movie website Imdb.com include a vanishing cigarette, a torrential downpour which suddenly becomes a light drizzle, a scene featuring a bust of President Woodrow Wilson, who was only a child during the years in which the movie is set, bright daylight outside the White House at 5pm in November, and a disappearing American flag.
Many other mistakes are factual errors such as Lincoln’s secretary speaking without his German accent, the President’s son Tad – who had a cleft palate – talking perfectly, and an official missing out California during a Congressional roll call of the U.S. states.