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Courtney Asks Spielberg For Correction

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Steven Spielberg (Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)

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Second District Congressman Joe Courtney has written Steven Spielberg,  pointing out an inaccuracy in his film “Lincoln.”  (see letter)

Courtney says the famed director puts Connecticut on the wrong side of the slavery vote in the roll call vote on ratification of the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery.  In the film,  two of the state’s three members of Congress vote to uphold slavery.  But Courtney says there were actually four Connecticut representatives in Congress at the time,  and all four voted to abolish slavery.

Courtney says the film’s star Daniel Day-Lewis is “tremendous” and calls the story “compelling and consuming” and says the cinematography is beautiful.  But he is  asking Spielberg to make a change before “Lincoln” is released on DVD.

He includes information from the Congressional Record of January 31, 1855 showing that 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. (see background on the vote, from Congressman Courtney’s office.)

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