“How could Congressmen from Connecticut — a state that supported President Lincoln and lost thousands of her sons fighting against slavery on the Union side of the Civil War — have been on the wrong side of history?”
Courtney did a bit of digging, and says he found after a check of the 1865 Congressional Record that Connecticut’s entire delegation all voted to abolish slavery.
Citing the Spielberg-directed classics “E.T.” and “Gremlins,” the congressman notes “suspending disbelief is part of the cinematic experience and is critical to enjoying the film. But in a movie based on significant real-life events — particularly a movie about a seminal moment in American history so closely associated with Doris Kearns Goodwin and her book Team of Rivals — accuracy is paramount.”
Courtney writes that “placing the State of Connecticut on the wrong side of the historic and divisive fight over slavery is a distortion of easily verifiable facts and an inaccuracy that should be acknowledged, and if possible, corrected before ‘Lincoln’ is released on DVD.”