Lincoln Writer: Sorry I Changed History

Tony Kushner admits he fudged on Connecticut votes

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 9, 2013 2:34 PM CST

(Newser) – It was only 15 seconds of fake history—but Lincoln screenwriter Tony Kushner owned up to them after a Connecticut lawmaker complained, reports Raw Story. Democratic Rep. Joe Courtney criticized the film for portraying two congressmen as voting against the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery. "Representative Courtney is correct that the four members of the Connecticut delegation voted for the amendment," wrote Kushner in a public letter. But he says Lincoln was "a dramatic film and not an attack on their home state."

Courtney seemed partly appeased, saying he didn't want people to "leave the theater believing Connecticut’s representatives in the 38th Congress were on the wrong side of history." But he still says he wants a correction before Lincoln comes out on DVD.

In this April 30, 2009 photo, Tony Kushner is shown at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn.
In this April 30, 2009 photo, Tony Kushner is shown at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minn.   (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis appear in a scene from Lincoln.
Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis appear in a scene from "Lincoln."   (AP Photo/DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, David James)
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