(Having seen the Lincoln film, and mini-reviewed it on MillersTime, I got to wondering what folks who ‘know Lincoln’ and spend lots of time getting to know him even better would say about the film. I asked Richard Margolies, an active member of the DC Lincoln Group and one of those folks who spends a good deal of time increasing his knowledge of Lincoln, about the validity of Spielberg’s film and whether the Lincoln presented is one we can believe in. Here’s his response, with a few edits)
Abraham and Mary Todd In Context
by Richard Margolies
Spielberg’s Lincoln is masterful. It shows our greatest leader during a few weeks in January, 1865 working to gain the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in the House of Representatives. It focuses on his relationships, as portrayed by Doris Kearn Goodwin’s fine study, Team of Rivals.
Yet, like the story of blind people touching parts of an elephant, it is difficult to understand the whole person from a touch. A few examples.