Congressman Joe Courtney thinks the makers of “Lincoln” should apologize for misrepresenting Connecticut’s 1865 vote on slavery in the movie -- and do a remake. Critics have praised the film about the 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolishing slavery. But Courtney points out a serious mistake: The film has two of Connecticut’s congressmen voting to uphold slavery. In reality, Connecticut’s congressional delegation unanimously voted to abolish slavery. Courtney wrote to the filmmakers that “placing the state of Connecticut on the wrong side of the historic and divisive fight over slavery is a distortion of easily verifiable facts and an inaccuracy that should be acknowledged, and if possible, corrected before Lincoln is released on DVD.” Should the filmmakers do so? Or is the congressman asking too much to insist Hollywood be true to history?
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