“Lincoln” and the public role of historians – Jim Grossman

By James Grossman

Slavery sir, it’s done.”

Lincoln (2012), directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis; image courtesy Touchtone Films / Photofest.

Lincoln (2012), directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis; image courtesy Touchstone Pictures / Photofest.

Thus does Confederate Vice-President Alexander Stephens learn the bad news in 1865. Steven Spielberg’s Abe Lincoln has dashed all hopes for a negotiated settlement to the Civil War based on reunion without emancipation, or at least constitutional emancipation. That distinction rests at the heart of Spielberg’s narrative: his Lincoln recognizes the legal fragility of the Emancipation Proclamation and desperately presses for constitutional emancipation—presses so forcibly that his congressional hardball might have made even Lyndon Johnson blush. (Or smile.)

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American Historical Association Executive Director Jim Grossman on “Lincoln,” film, and the public role of historians – “Lincoln” and the public role of historians – in INT’s ENLIGHTENMENT MINUTES.
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