Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Historical error in movie Lincoln?

See Conn. congressman sees factual flaw in 'Lincoln'. The error concerns votes of Connecticut Congressmen as to the proposed 13th Amendment. In fact, all four voted for the amendment.

New Jersey was a different story: 1 voted for, 2 voted against, and 2 didn't vote. See the reprint from Harper's Weekly.

Also, keep in mind states in the Confederacy were not represented in the House vote, wherein the amendment passed by only two votes.

One notes that the vote of Congress does not create a ratification of the Amendment. See earlier IPBiz post

New Jersey and the 13th Amendment

UPDATE on Feb. 11, 2013

Bill O'Reilly discussed errors in "Lincoln" with David Letterman during the Feb. 11 (swimsuit) show. Bill deflected on the errors about the Connecticut Congressmen, and brought up his own error about Lincoln working in the "Oval Office", which did not exist in Lincoln's time. Letterman tried to pursue the point "why not get the history" of the Connecticut vote right, but Bill said it wasn't important.

Letterman discussed a movie on Andrew Johnson from the 1940s with Spencer Tracy. After a commercial, Letterman corrected his comment, noting the movie was a 1942 feature "Tennessee Johnson" starring Van Heflin. Wikipedia notes historical inaccuracy: It is somewhat historically inaccurate: among other errors, the film's climax depicts Johnson passionately delivering an oration in his own defense on the U.S. Senate floor near the end of his impeachment trial. In fact, Johnson never appeared in person at his trial and was represented by legal counsel only.

Tennessee Johnson is mentioned in Redford Goes Ron Paul , which begins with

Even the most dedicated cinephile may have blinked last spring and missed the brief visit of Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator” to the suburban multiplex. The film had a shelf life shorter than a Ding Dong in Chris Christie’s pantry. No, I take back that stupid joke. Not because I would care about the hyper-hyped Christie even if he were running, but because one of our two obese presidents has been first-rate—Grover Cleveland, the Buffalo anti-imperialist—and the other, William Howard Taft, at least sired a statesman, his son Robert.


Post a Comment

<< Home