Lincoln and Dakota 38
Seeking forgiveness and reconciliation
Last updated 3/17/2013 at 2:32pm
Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln is deceptively titled; this isn’t a biopic in the traditional sense of the form. A better title would be “The 13th Amendment,” but it’s pretty easy to see why Spielberg and company didn’t go with that. Lincoln plays like a 19th century version of The West Wing. It focuses on a few weeks in Lincoln’s White House, and the struggles, contriving, deal making, scheming, and pleading it took to get an abolishment of slavery into the Constitution.
Backroom political deals may tarnish our notions of how a democracy really works, but surprisingly enough,...