LINCOLN, a captivating film directed by Steven Spielberg that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office, opened in theaters across the United States on Saturday, November 16. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country, and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.
And now you have the opportunity to dig deeper into history, go behind the making of the movie, and discover the story behind one of the greatest men in American history—Abraham Lincoln. Disney Publishing Worldwide has made available through iTunes books, LINCOLN: A Steven Spielberg Film – Discover the Story, a free e-book that beautifully accompanies the film. This 66-page interactive book illustrates how Spielberg was able to recreate history with truth and conviction. It includes clips of movies scenes, actual Civil War photographs, detailed images of period costume, historically accurate character profiles, and video snippets of key players offering insight into the lives and events portrayed on the screen.
LINCOLN: A Steven Spielberg Film – Discover the Story emphasizes our need to know the “dark-horse frontier lawyer who surprisingly became president,” and not merely idealize the iconic Mount Rushmore Lincoln—the heroic writer of eloquent speeches who freed the slaves and was murdered a martyr. The book reminds us the president had a very human side, one that is oft-overshadowed by his great political accomplishments during one of our nation’s most difficult periods.
LINCOLN: A Steven Spielberg Film – Discover the Story also gives us better understanding of the first lady, Mary Todd Lincoln, a woman described by peers as a “hellcat,” who experienced tremendous losses in her life and who stood firmly by her husband’s side at all costs. We are also introduced to the couple’s sons Robert and Tad, as well as the first lady’s modiste and confidante, Elizabeth Keckley.
I highly recommend downloading your own copy of LINCOLN: A Steven Spielberg Film – Discover the Story. This complimentary book is an excellent complement to the movie. After reading, you will develop a new appreciation of the courage it took not only the soldiers who fought the physical war, but also the key figures in history, such as William Henry Seward, Francis Blair, and Thaddeus Stevens, among others, whose influence reached beyond the moment and helped the country forge ahead and, of course, mend in the aftermath of such destruction.
Find this excellent resource for your iPad iBooks app or your computer at iTunes. For more information, “Like” LINCOLN on Facebook: http://facebook.com/lincolnmovie, follow on Twitter at @LincolnMovie, or visit the official site: www.thelincolnmovie.com.
Jodi Whisenhunt is the author of MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort, and operates a blog by the same title. Her book is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and CreateSpace. (Kindle and Nook versions also available!) Come, think outside the textbook and stretch the walls of your home classroom with Walt Disney entertainment!
- Lincoln: A Steven Spielberg Film – Discover the Story for iPad (chipandco.com)
- Dream Works Lincoln Movie Premiere Images & Trailer (chipandco.com)
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