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Steven Spielberg film Lincoln was historically inaccurate: Democratic Connecticut lawmaker



Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Connecticut sent a letter to Lincoln director Steven Spielberg asking him to correct what he says is an inaccuracy in the Oscar nominated film depicting Connecticut as being on the wrong side of the historic fight over slavery.

"As a member of Congress from Connecticut, I was on the edge of my seat during the roll-call vote on the ratification of the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. But when two of three members of the Nutmeg State’s House delegation voted to uphold slavery, I could not believe my own eyes and ears,” he wrote. “How could congressmen from Connecticut—a state that supported President Lincoln and lost thousands of her sons fighting against slavery on the Union side of the Civil War—have been on the wrong side of history?”

Joe Courtney wrote that after “some digging and a check of the Congressional Record from January 31, 1865, I learned that in fact, Connecticut’s entire congressional delegation, including four members of the House of Representatives—Augustus Brandegee of New London, James English of New Haven, Henry Deming of Colchester, and John Henry Hubbard of Salisbury — all voted to abolish slavery.”

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02-06-13 


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