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Film brings history, debate on slavery to life for teens

George Bonner and Zachary Brown were surprised that even in Abraham Lincoln’s day, the most powerful legislators in the country relied on lobbyists to track down votes.

At a special screening of ­Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” in honor of black history month, the two Haverhill High School seniors were struck by the legislative and ideological hurdles Lincoln and his allies overcame while fighting to pass the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery.

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