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letters | SHOULD ‘LINCOLN’ BE HISTORICALLY ACCURAT E?

Directors should be held to basic standards

IT SEEMS reasonable to expect some fidelity to the historic record in a movie like “Lincoln,” even in the light of the right of artists to take some license to create dramatic tension (“As a teacher of history, Hollywood isn’t high school,” Editorial, Feb. 18).

Besides misrepresenting the vote of the Connecticut delegation, the film recounts the vote of a Congressman Washburn as “nay”, when, in fact, there were two members of Congress named Washburn (brothers William and Elihu) who were abolitionists, supporters of the president, and who both voted in favor of the amendment.

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While your advice to approach Hollywood’s output with “a bit of skepticism” is well taken, your editorial sets the bar too low for accuracy in historical drama.

Charles J. Washburn

Worcester

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