‘Lincoln’ Historically Inaccurate? Congressman Joe Courtney Finds Big Error in Film

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Rep. Joe Courtney, of Connecticut, recently took in a viewing of Steven Spielberg’s film, which chronicles Honest Abe’s last months in office as he fights to abolish slavery, but was miffed when he saw two Connecticut congressmen vote against the 13th amendment.

Afterwards, Courtney ran a search which confirmed his suspicion: “Lincoln” was historically inaccurate. All four Connecticut congressmen supported the amendment back in 1865. He then drafted a letter to Spielberg explaining this error.

“How could congressmen from Connecticut — a state that supported PresidentLincoln 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 wrote. Courtney asked that the film be corrected before its DVD release.

No word yet from the higher-ups on this historical error. “Lincoln,” is nominated for a lion’s share of Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

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