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Oscar winner, Daniel Day Lewis, portrays the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Fair use photo courtesy of Amazon.com.

Oscar winner, Daniel Day Lewis, portrays the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Fair use photo courtesy of Amazon.com.

Oscar winner, Daniel Day Lewis, portrays the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Fair use photo courtesy of Amazon.com.

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“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” Abraham Lincoln-Petersburg address.

Over 100 years ago the 16th president of the United States walked this earth hoping to end slavery. But when he was, the south broke away from the Union and declared war on the north. President Lincoln saw the only way to end the war between the Union and Confederacy, was to pass the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery.

For all that we have about Abraham Lincoln through stories, books and documentaries, none of them compare compare to the breathtaking picture directed by Steven Spielberg. Lincoln starts off in the battle of Jenkinsburg, fading to a sense of President Lincoln having a chat with colored solder of the north about the war and the no equality in pay. The sense ends with the soldiers marching off to the battle of Wilmington. The last port that gave them access to the sea for naval forces.

As the movie continues we see President Lincoln telling stories, over seeing the plans to take Wilmington and heated debates about the 13th Amendment.

At the time the Amendment was in the heated debate between the radical republicans and the demarcates that were appalled at the idea of freed colored people, commissioners from the south, including Vice President Alexander H Stephens, have come north to talk terms of peace with president Lincoln.

The president knew if word got out to the public or ever the dto the House Of Representatives , the 13th amendment would never pass. As the commissioners from the south were on the steamship the River Queen a few miles away from Washington City, readying there terms of surrender for the president, President Lincoln’s oldest son, Robert Lincoln, returns from Boston. Although when he is seen speaking with his father it is less than pleasant. He feels the need to help, not after the war is over but now, as the war rages on.

As the movie continues onward like a mighty storm, with the debates between the representatives becoming more and more heated by the day. Among the Republican faction one individual stood out amongst the rest. The radical republican, Mr. Thaddeus Stevens, who’s ferm intention was to abolish slavery altogether.

Because at the time white people were forbidden to marry coloreds. But in order for the amendment to pass, it was necessary for him to compromise what he was going to say about the true purpose of the bill. We then see President Lincoln visit a hospital in washington city, with Robert, who sees a sight that would make any grown man break down.

After the traumatizing sight that he bore witness too, he tires to make a speech to his father for wanting to join the army. After Robert says that the fear of his wife is greater than the fear of losing him, President Lincoln proseeds to slap him for the statement. Robert then storms off telling his father that what happens now matters, as for the President he is helpless to stop his son from joining the army.

A few days later in the movie reaches January 31,1865,  the morning of the vote for the 13th Amendment. After seven intense weeks of debate between the two major parties the 13th Amendment, finally passed. As the Republicans start to celebrate in the chamber, we see Mr. Stevens asked for the bill to take home to show his betrothed, followed by a montash of celebration sense through the streets.

After all that has transpired since the bill entered the House of Representatives, President Lincoln has only one thing left to do: end the war with peace talks from the commissioners from the south. After the talks are finished we see president Lincoln ride horseback through the devastated battle Petersburg, not one word is spoken, there are more dead than can be counted for. As for the ending, viewers will have to find that out for themselves.

Over all this is a true masterpiece that one must see for themselves, for all the movies and documentaries made on the presidents of the United States and all the civil war movies and shows ever made: this tops them all. Steven Spielberg has done it once again, making a movie that one can only see once in a lifetime. It’s legendary performance by Daniel Day Lewis who portrayed Lincoln. Everything was as it looked like more than 100 years ago from the buildings and people to the smallest detail.

It is a truly breathtaking movie that will make you watch it over and over again. I would give this two thumbs up and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good movie to watch.

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