Lincoln 's Historical Representation Of The Civil War Essay

1385 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
Marc Fresa
Cynthia Stretch
Lincoln’s Legacy: Lincoln’s Historical Representation of the Civil War
Lincoln is a highly acclaimed historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg. Since its premiere in October 2012 at the New York Film Festival, Lincoln has gone on to receive critical acclaim and is currently “Certified Fresh” at 90% by popular movie review aggregate RottenTomatoes (RottenTomatoes). The film has been met with positive reviews and has been heralded as being “among the finest films ever made about American politics” by The New York Times (Scott).
Since its release, historians and film critics alike have recognized Lincoln for its emphatic performances and historical accuracy. The film centers on its namesake – Abraham Lincoln, played by Daniel Day Lewis – particularly, on the final weeks of his life and his efforts to pass the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and bring the Civil War to an end. Lincoln is an emotive drama that aims to make Lincoln’s struggle, and that of the nation at the time of the civil war, relatable to people in the 21st century. The film, however, is not a documentary and, as such, does not strive for unwavering historical accuracy and precision. Despite the fact that articles have been published highlighting historical inaccuracies, one civil war professor and historian, Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College, claims “the pains that have been taken in the name of historical authenticity in…

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