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I am very much looking forward to this film, and I think it could have a dramatic effect on the anti-war movement and perhaps the way the War is viewed. There has already been a bit of a push in this direction with the recent publication of “American Aflame” by Leftist historian David Goldfield. I think perhaps those on the Left may begin to realize that the War Party has always been so and that Lincoln may not be “their guy” after all, regardless of what Spielberg has to say about it.
The subject of my dissertation, James A. Bayard the younger, and his son, Thomas F. Bayard, were noted “Copperheads.” It is a great subject that needs much more exploration.