Letters to the Editor

November 25, 2012

‘Lincoln’ a cinematic masterpiece

Spielberg’s Lincoln is a masterpiece. I expected this movie to be very good but was amazed at its brilliance. Spielberg’s portrayal of Lincoln was focused on the latter stages of his thinking on slavery. Always an opponent of the institution, Lincoln, who was not an abolitionist until well into the war, struggles valiantly to not only save the union but to end slavery, something he could never see his way clear to do legally. Knowing that his Emancipation Proclamation was only a war measure, with no legal authority to end slavery, he craftily and cunningly pushes for the passage of the 13th Amendment in the last days of the war in order to ensure the death of the terrible institution.

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