Historical Accuracy of the Movie “Lincoln”

Here’s Matt Pinsker speaking to the Capitol Hill Historical Society on what, historically, Spielberg’s movie, Lincoln, got right and wrong.  From the video’s description:  “Matthew Pinsker talked about Stephen Spielberg’s film, Lincoln, analyzing what was fact and what was Hollywood fiction. Professor Pinsker spoke about the historical significance of the events the movie portrays, but also the areas where Mr. Spielberg exercised his artistic freedom.

“ ‘Mr. Spielberg Goes to Washington: What Hollywood Got Right (and Wrong) About Passage of the 13th Amendment’ was part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society 2014 Spring Conference ‘A Just and Lasting Peace: Ending the Civil War’, held in the Dirksen Senate Office Building. It was the eleventh symposium in the series, ‘The National Capitol in a Nation Divided: Congress and the District of Columbia Confront Sectionalism and Slavery.’ ”




  1. Great presentation, but he keeps slipping and referring to screenwriter Tony Kushner as Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic.”

    Too many Tonys!

  2. Bob Nelson · · Reply

    Would have liked to see it but couldn’t get it to play. Can you repost?

    1. Could be C-SPAN’s website. It played for me before.

      1. Bob Nelson · · Reply

        Worked fine yesterday. Another great piece. Thanks for sharing.

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