n African Journal of Psychiatry - Lincoln, Steven Spielberg : movie review

Volume 16, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1994-8220


An epic-historical film presented itself in the form of , the movie I chose for this edition of the Journal. I wonder how many of you guessed the title of this review correctly... Set in 1865, with Abraham Lincoln entering his second term of office, the film mainly revolves around Lincoln (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) trying to get the landmark Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed through Congress. The brutal Civil War, also known as the 'War between the States', was in its fourth year, a war that claimed the lives of many soldiers on both the Union and Confederacy's sides. The war was sparked around the issue of slavery and its extension into the western territories of the United States. Seven so-called 'slave-states' in the South of the country seceded from the U.S. government and formed the Confederate States of America around the time of Lincoln's inauguration as the 16th President of the United States of America. In April 1861 the Confederates attacked Fort Sumter, an important fort held by the U. S. Government. Lincoln, a Republican, was opposed to the continuation of slavery and its expansion to other parts of the United States. The war dragged on for just over four years and saw over six hundred thousand people killed.

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