Courtney’s Right – 1865 Courant Shows Unanimous CT Support for Amendment Abolishing Slavery

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U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney gave Steven Spielberg a bit of a history lesson this week, taking exception with the legendary director’s depiction, in the film “Lincoln,” of congressmen from Connecticut voting against the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.

Courtney watched the movie over the weekend, and scratched his head at the thought that representatives of a liberal state like Connecticut would have supported slavery. That sent him digging into Congressional history on the Internet.

At The Courant, we have our own robust archive of pretty much everything major that’s happened since before there was a United States, and indeed our coverage of the Jan. 31, 1865 vote shows that “Of the New England delegation only one – Mr. Sweat, of Maine – voted against it.”

The Constitutional Amendment even won the support of James Edward English of New Haven, the one Democrat among Connecticut’s four representatives at the time. English did not seek re-election in 1864, but was still in office when the vote took place, and broke ranks with those in his party who supported slavery.

Click the image below to read part of the Courant’s coverage of the vote.

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13 thoughts on “Courtney’s Right – 1865 Courant Shows Unanimous CT Support for Amendment Abolishing Slavery

  1. JHK

    WTH courtney…. DON’T YOU HAVE ANYTHING BETTER TO DO. HOW ABOUT GETTING OFF YOUR LAZY, USELESS, BACKSIDE AND HELPING THE STATE. IS THIS WHAT YOU CALL “WORKING” ??? WHAT’S NEXT – A CRITIQUE OF “GOONIES”…. TRY JUSTIFYING YOUR EXISTANCE AND THE TAX MONEY WE PAY YOU. YOU ARE A SERIOUS DISGRACE – IF GENE SISKEL NEEDS HELP WITH A MOVIE REVUE – WE’LL FOREWORD YOUR NAME

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    1. Ed of Ct.

      It is part of any gov. official’s job to clear up a slanderous inaccuracy contained in a film about our state which drew national attention-viewers such as Lincoln.

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    2. Felix Giordano

      You obviously don’t know all the good that Joe Courtney has done for the state of Connecticut. Just ask Connecticut’s farmers, the workers at Electric Boat, or Connecticut’s veterans. If anyone is a disgrace it is you and your biased, arrogant, and unfactual drivel.

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  2. Rally for Gun Reform Feb 14 at Capital 11AM

    Movies frequently substitute as truth for the intellectually lazy and Courtney did the right thing pointing this out. I can see a an older student taking a quiz and acknowledging this inaccuracy because he saw it in the movies.

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  3. disgruntledreader

    There is NOTHING about this post which in any way remotely resembles investigative reporting.
    Matthew, if you have one primary source, spent six minutes writing it, and have developed no personal expertise on the subject, you can be certain you haven’t entered the world of investigative journalism yet.

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  4. KareninCT

    I for one am glad that Rep Courtney made a point to get the truth out. I myself was puzzled at what I saw in the movie. It was such a dramatic moment in the movie and as I watched it in a CT movie theater, you could hear an audible gasp after hearing the CT representative vote no. It was deflating and it’s disappointing to see that the movie maker felt it was ok to malign the state in this way. I agree that movie makers are given dramatic license, but to be so egregiously inaccurate – to suggest that our state favored slavery – is crossing the line. Borders on libel and perhaps is reason to not give the movie the Oscar so many believe it deserves.

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  5. iamjh

    Whatever you think of Joe Courtney’s politics, it is ignorant to say he does nothing. Courtney is an extremely hard-working, smart guy. This is just a small sample — goes to a movie to relax & ends up in correspondence with Spielberg about historical accuracy regarding Connecticut. Joe fights hard for his district and our state — and he works hard too.

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    1. Rally for Gun Reform Feb 14 at Capital 11AM

      We know this. But the same tired posters who are few in number and are mentally disabled in their own right post here repeatedly while pretending to show large numbers. But it is the same ole tired-arsed the same ole over and over again.

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  6. PMB

    Joe Courtney is a very rare politician that is in full possession of integrity, intelligence, and work ethics. Those of you badmouthing him should be ashamed of yourselves.

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  7. Stephen Patrick

    Joe Courtney, a good man righting a wrong, should not be trashed for it. Our representatives in Congress, all of them, stood and voted loud and proud for the 13th Amendment. That is all that matters, artistic license be damned. It would be more dramatic, surely, to have Lincoln gunned down while delivering a certain speech at Gettysburg, but it would do equal violence to History. Facts, said Mr. Adams, are stubborn things.

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