“Lincoln” Has Major Factual Flaw, Conn. Congressman Joe Courtney Says

Congressman says the movie should be edited before DVD release

By Elena Gorgan on February 6th, 2013 10:41 GMT

Congressman Joe Courtney from Connecticut is shocked to learn that Steven Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln,” which is the top contender at this year’s Oscars, is not entirely historically accurate.

Over the weekend, Courtney saw the film and was startled when one particular scene showed two Congressmen from his state voting against abolishing slavery, the Examiner reports.

Puzzled, he went online and did some research and got confirmation that his initial hunch was justified: there was a factual flaw in the film.

Determined to make things right, he wrote to Spielberg himself, pleading with him to change the scene before “Lincoln” came out on DVD because, he thinks, not even poetic license can justify such an inaccuracy.

“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?” Courtney asks.

So far, no response from Spielberg or the movie studio – but I’d be surprised if they did say anything about it.
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