Spielberg, Kushner and Goodwin Discuss “Lincoln” at Richmond Forum

On January 5, 2013, director Steven Spielberg, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, and screenwriter Tony Kushner returned to Richmond, Virginia, where “Lincoln” was filmed, to discuss the process of “Bringing History to Life on Film” before an audience of 4,200. Moderated by Tim Reid.

Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth

“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History

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  • TFSmith1 Feb 2, 2013 @ 13:57

    Thanks for posting this; very enjoyable, and it answers some of the questions I had about how they chose their focus, what made it into the script and what had to be left out, etc.

    • Kevin Levin Feb 2, 2013 @ 14:06

      I thought it was interesting to hear that Virginia Governor McDonnell thought that filming in Richmond might help to heal old wounds. Overall it was very interesting.

      • TFSmith1 Feb 3, 2013 @ 8:50

        Yep; seems like even McDonnell has learned that actions have consequences….wasn’t he the one that restored Confederate Memorial Day as a state holiday a couple of years back?

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