Spielberg’s film “Lincoln”

lincolnSpielberg’s acclaimed film about Abraham Lincoln was released in the UK on 25th January. It focuses on Lincoln’s efforts towards the end of the Civil War to abolish slavery in the USA.

 The issue of slavery had split the USA asunder with 11 Southern slave states seceding to form the Confederacy. The Civil War raged from 1861, and only ended on 9th April 1865. But six days later, on 15th April, Lincoln was dead, from an assassin’s bullet.

The USA’s struggles to abolish slavery, achieved at great cost in blood and treasure puts into perspective Thomas Fowell Buxton’s remarkable achievement, in getting slavery abolished through the Parliamentary process.