"We must not disturb slavery in the states where it exists, because the Constitution, and the peace of the country both forbid us – We must not withhold an efficient fugitive slave law, for the constitution demands it – But we must, by a national policy, prevent the spread of slavery into new territories, or free states, because the constitution does not forbid us, and the general welfare does demand such prevention." (Abraham Lincoln, (September 16–17, 1859). The movie focuses correctly on explaining how slaves were freed by the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, not the Emancipation Proclamation. There are many times where Lincolns main focus was restoring the union instead of freeing the slaves. The original proclamation of September 22, 1862, even stated that all southern states could keep their slaves if they returned to the Union by January 1, 1863. Although the movie is properly focused, the movie misleads its audience into believing that Abraham Lincoln was consumed with the thought of freeing slaves. In reality, Lthis was not the case. Lincoln stated repeatedly in his 1861 inaugural address, his 1862 Horace Greely letter and other times during and before the war that his only intent was to “preserve the union” not free slaves.. The movie briefly shows graphic scenes depicting some of the many horrendous battles in the war against Southern independence where 620,000 Americans died, almost as many Americans killed as in all other wars combined. But the movie hides Lincoln’s role in instigating the war. Lincoln refused to meet with Confederate commissioners who came to Washington to negotiate a peaceful separation in February of 1861. He ignored the vast majority opinion of
his own cabinet and decided to invade Virginia on July 21. The movie implies that Lincoln had no choice but war The movie also tends to mislead the audience into believing that slavery was the major cause of the war. It avoids the issues of Constitutional rights and the...
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