More Comments on Spielberg’s Lincoln

The media, including the internet generally and the blogosphere in particular, has been positively buzzing with reactions to the new movie, “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg.  My own comments are here.

Kate Masur had some critical comments on the portrayal of African-Americans in the movie here.  Answering Masur fairly decisively, in my opinion, is Hari Jones of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum.  His post is here.  Eric Foner was interviewed on CNN regarding the movie, and had some comments that have been interpreted as criticisms of the movie, though I’m not quite sure he meant his comments as critical.  His basic point is that the complete process of emancipation was far more complex than the view someone would get solely from seeing the movie, and he recommends people to see the movie and then read a good book about Lincoln.  Harold Holzer has given his view of “What’s True and False in the Lincoln Movie” in the Daily Beast.  My blogging colleague Steve Light posted his review here.  Patrick Young’s comments are here.  Kevin Levin posted his thoughts here.

Overall, the comments seem to be overwhelmingly positive from a variety of sources.  If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I recommend it highly, and you can see from the various comments that a lot of people have been impressed.


  1. Also interesting that so many non-history, non-entertainment writers have mentioned the film. Conservative David Brooks devoted his whole column today to the film, and liberal Ed Schultz led his show off Wed by urging his viewers to see the film. It is really the first film this year to become a general topic of discussion.

  2. […] in the United States was a much more complex historical process than Lincoln would suggest (hat tip to Albert Mackey for bringing Foner’s remarks to my attention), a criticism that many academic historians (including this one) would agree […]

  3. My hope is that this movie will lead to an interest among some to explore Lincoln, the Civil War, Emancipation and how we got to 1861. If even a small number do that, the movie will have paid off handsomely.

  4. […] think that my fellow bloggers, including one who thought that Jones “nailed it,” may want to consider using […]

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