Originally Posted by Yankee
I don't think all the dialogue is all true, but the basis of the movie- how true is it?
I don't know. It is frustrating as a teacher, or maybe it is a good thing,
to hear students ask questions about a movie and its accuracy.
But the kick in the historical shin are kids saying, "I saw it in a movie
where ________ happened and assumed it was true." I have to remind
my students that Hollywood takes great liberties in churning out a product
that they know looks good on film, but might not be so accurate.
Were there serious errors?
I don't know, I haven't seen it yet and I'm not burning rubber to go see it
anytime soon either. I'll catch it on Netflix or DVD
You posted that book in another thread. I'm very interested in getting it, however I can't afford it at the moment. Is there a short answer?
The book is by Gerald J. Prokopowicz who is not going to go after
Lincoln in a critical way. He served at the Lincoln Museum in Ft. Wayne,
Indiana; editor of the Lincoln Lore which is a quarterly journal of the
Lincoln Museum. He was also a member of the AL Bicentennial Commission
Advisory Committee, so you know he knows his material. The book
is made up of a question asked, then he answers it. It makes for a
quick fun read. He answers the "Did AL own slaves"
question in chapter
nine on page 156 and a lot more follow up questions. For big fans
of Lincoln, this book is a nice quick reference.
Here's proof I have a copy.