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Steven Spielberg to send 'Lincoln' DVDs to schools


Steven Spielberg is sending free copies of his historical drama "Lincoln" to schools across the country so students can learn about President Abraham Lincoln.

DVDs will be distributed to every public and private middle and high school in the country as part of an educational outreach campaign called "Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln," which urges youngsters to follow in the 16th president's example. A statement from Spielberg reads, "As more and more people began to see the film, we received letters from teachers asking if it could be available in their classrooms. We realized that the educational value that 'Lincoln' could have was not only for the adult audiences -- who have studied his life in history books -- but for the young students in the classroom as well."

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In addition, executives at Participant Media will host special screenings of the Oscars favorite in eight U.S. towns named after Lincoln. They will take place on Tuesday -- the date of the president's birthday. Next month, 15 schools named in Lincoln's honor will also be treated to new equipment, including widescreen TVs, Blu-ray and DVD players, projectors and speakers.

Feb 13, 2013 5:36AM

Outrageous that such historical fiction will be shown in schools. It's wholly inaccurate, totally revisionist.

Feb 13, 2013 4:54AM
I hope that, as an educational tool, it will go with a study guide.  The guide should include a complete list of those who voted for and against the 13th Amendment, as well as a text of the Amendment.  It should also give a more complete account of the abolition of slavery which includes the role of African Americans in their own self-emancipation.  The guide might also make note of the change in strategy which Lincoln and Grant put in effect to cause the Army of Northern Virginia to surrender.  That is, they decided to make it a war of attrition--building the Confederate body count to a level that made fighting on an unfeasible effort.  This was a strategy which also raised the Union body count.  They simply had more lives to waste.
Feb 13, 2013 7:03AM
Keep in mind that teaching tools can be used in many ways.  I haven't seen the movie yet, but if it does have as many serious historical inaccuracies as everyone claims, a student can be asked to watch the movie, then research the particular inaccuracies and explain what was inaccurate and correct it.  Then, for some extra fun, they can even explain why a filmmaker would make those changes and whether they distort the history enough to make the film invalid as historical subject matter.  I can't wait for my dvd to get to my school so I can check it out.
Feb 13, 2013 6:36AM

He needs to send it to CONGRESS!!!!!

Feb 13, 2013 7:19AM
Since it's historically inaccurate, will it be placed in a class that allows such liberties? Or will it be a class for the students to figure out all the inaccuracies? Lincoln as Literature? Lincoln as Cinema?
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