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Does Steven Spielberg Understand the History of Lincoln?

The movie ‘Lincoln’ directed by Steven Spielberg is just days away from being in the movie theaters.  After watching the preview and synopsis found on the movie’s website (www.thelincolnmovie.com),  it’s not hard to tell that the spin on the movie will be that Lincoln freed the slaves and that he also saved the Union.  Although many have been taught that this was the real history of America, I have learned that Lincoln was a much different person than what this movie will portray.

Why has the story of Lincoln’s history been changed in order to make him sound a like a perfect American President?  As author Thomas DiLorenzo points out, “this occurred partly because the government became more and more influential over education in the postwar era, and government always uses public education to aggrandize itself.  But the truth is available for anyone who perseveres enough to look for it.”➀  After doing my research, I have found out that DiLorenzo has exposed many myths about Lincoln.  I had always thought that Lincoln had invaded the south to free the slaves.  This is far from the truth.  Lincoln wrote in a letter to newspaper editor Horace Greeley in August of 1862 that, “My paramount objective in this struggle is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or destroy slavery.”➁

Did Lincoln save the Union?  In our nation’s Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution our states are referred to as free and independent.  This means that each state had and still has the right to leave the union if they decide do.  After reviewing the history of Lincoln and the actual events of the war, I can not help but agree with DiLorenzo’s opinion on whether or not Lincoln saved the union.  His opinion is that, “Lincoln “saved” the federal union in the same sense that a man who has been abusing his wife “saves” his marital union by violently forcing his wife back into the home and threatening to shoot her if she leaves again.  The union may well be saved, but it is not the same kind of union that existed on their wedding day.”  

So does Steven Spielberg understand the history of Lincoln?  In my opinion, he probably doesn’t.  If he does know the truth about Lincoln, then he is showing his true character by making a movie about Lincoln that people are going to assume is the truth while spinning Lincoln as a hero rather than a destroyer of individual liberty.  In other words, in my opinion this movie is going to be an epic catastrophe due to the fact that it will not be the “Honest”History of our “Honest” Abe.  

To watch Thomas DiLorenzo talk about Lincoln, please click-on the following link: http://youtu.be/nbFty9nZUac


1.  DiLorenzo, Thomas. Lincoln Unmasked. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2006. 23.

2.  Abraham Lincoln, “Letter to Horace Greely, August 22, 1962,” in Abraham Lincoln: His Speeches and Writings, ed. Roy Basler (New York: Da Capo Press, 1946), p. 652.  

  1. Betty Jackson
    November 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you, Evan, for this post! Lincoln certainly is no kind of American hero, and if people knew the truth, he would deservedly come off the pedestal he has been placed upon. (Visions of Stalin’s statue coming down come to mind, haha.)

    Only a believer in authoritarianism could love Lincoln, the man who accomplished what Alexander Hamilton failed to do in his lifetime — the centralization of power in Washington DC at the expense of life and liberty. Too bad that Spielberg is perpetuating the myth of Lincoln. The masses will drink his Koolaid because they’ve been brought up on similar products and don’t know it’s bad for health.

    However, DiLorenzo’s writings on Lincoln are indeed illuminating! In the must read category.

    And just for further thought, here’s a link to a transcript of an interesting debate between DiLorenzo and a Lincolnphile. http://archipielagolibertad.org/upload/files/009%20Otros/9.1%20Historia/0039%20DiLorenzo%20-%20Lincoln.pdf

    “Another Big Lincoln Lie Exposed”, by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

    • November 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      You’re right, Lincoln is no American hero. Thank you Betty for the additional links.

  2. November 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I love your comparison to an abusive marriage. Lincoln didn’t save the union, but rather he started the empire.

  3. Aristides M. Brito
    November 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Great message and information Evan. The end result of the “Civil War” was the end of slavery in the United States. But you are correct in stating that Lincoln did not invade the seceeding states for that purpose. Slavery would have ended within the decade in the Confederate States and America would not have suffered the racial tensions between blacks and whites we have endured – IMHO

    • Vincent
      November 27, 2012 at 2:13 am

      Plus 600,000 plus deaths could have been spared and were not at all necessary to free slaves. That’s what got Thomas DiLorenzo into studying the truth about Lincoln was the fact that many many countries ended slavery peacefully with absolutely no war , no bloodshed DECADES prior to the war between the states. That’s the bottom line. That and the right of secession. Lincoln used force when states seceded which was the real treason. The states entered the Union voluntarily knowing that they could leave if they didn’t like what the fed govt was doing. There’s no way they would join the Union if they knew they could not leave. That’s very important and is not taught in our schools. Why? they are public schools run by the govt. They don’t want us to know. Put another way: The myth of Lincoln is yet another form of mind control. I hightly recommend “The Real Lincoln” and “Hamilton’s Curse” by Thomas DiLorenzo. And Spielberg needs to be called out on this. He’s a great film maker. I love his movies but he’s way wrong this time with Lincoln.

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