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Thumbs up for "Lincoln" movie

November 23, 2012 - Burt Angeli
A local Abraham Lincoln historian believes the movie “Lincoln” matched up well with what he has studied about the 16th president.

“His story telling,  a man of humor, humble and self deprecating and not too full of himself, ability to clearly state his point, spending time with the troops, hours spent at the war department, coping with Mary Todd, extremely well read on a variety of subjects, his gentle nature, determination to succeed in what he believed was right for the country with little regard for the toll it was taking on himself, constantly dealing with pardons and those seeking favors, an insomniac, and above all without malice towards the defeated,” the historian said of Lincoln and the movie portrayal.

“Had he lived, the post Civil War for the south would have been a lot different since Andrew Johnson was more bent on retribution. A man who was not a regular church goer but with a strong belief in the Almighty.”

Daniel Day Lewis, who played Lincoln in “Lincoln,” may have the Oscar locked up.

“It was for me a real treat to see Daniel Day Lewis bring to life what I had only experienced in print,” the historian said.



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