According to a Feb. 6, Variety report, the Connecticut Democrat “sent a letter to the director asking him to make a change in the movie that puts Connecticut lawmakers on the ‘the wrong side of the historic and divisive fight over slavery’."
Courtney doesn’t agree with the depiction of the vote over ratification of the 13th Amendment in which two of three members of the state's House delegation vote to uphold slavery.
After some digging through historical records, the Connecticut Representative asserted that the Congressional Record of Jan. 31, 1865, shows the state's entire delegation voted to abolish slavery
Even though Courtney has praised Spielberg for the making of “Lincoln,” words in his letter appeared rather sharp.
"I understand that artistic license will be taken and that some facts may be blurred to make a story more compelling on the big screen, but 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," Courtney wrote.
According to the report, Dreamworks had no comment.
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