This is not about the American Dream or a Horatio Alger story. (Does anybody remember him?) Nor is it mythmaking. It's made of sterner stuff than that....
He was a successful leader and politician. He took plenty of abuse in those awful days, too. But what I'm impressed with is the film tells it from black people's point of view as well. They are NOT shown as odd little jungle-bunnies. The respect they get from Spielberg, Day-Lewis and the script is wonderful. Black Americans ought to run, don't walk --to see Lincoln!
Every schoolchild with enough smarts and curiosity to get beyond the latest video game of "Call of Duty" ought to go see "Lincoln," the movie, and check out the references and his own attention span. It requires patience, but it shows through dramatic action how a self-taught rustic from the deep backwoods had the emotional and intellectual discipline to overcome poverty and grow up to be a president to rank among the greatest.
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