Directed by Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln” (2012) highlights before our eyes the last couple of months of one of the greatest presidents of America. At the time when a nation is divided by war, people tiered away from their home, and black soldiers fighting hand in hand with the white ones, a strong image of a leader is shown to us in many aspects. This story focuses mainly on two high ideas: abolishing the slavery and uniting the country with a new order of living, which first of all would cherish the human dignity over all. Lincoln will persuade those two objectives till the last hours of his life.
The movie reflects the simple way of Lincoln’s getting along with people, his kindness and his sincerity towards all his fellow brothers. He can be truly named one of the first ambassadors of human dignity in the world. He fights for the Thirteen Amendment as his own life would depend on it. He understands that as soon as the Civil War will end, people would like to return to the commonly known order of things — where black people were only seen as slaves. Of course, as long as the War still goes on they are not against that black people fight for their freedom and die for it. Lincoln understood that the country sees this measurement only as a temporary war decision. This is the main question that is raised during the whole movie. Lincoln understands that he has to outlaw slavery forever, and he has just as long time as the war is not over. He tries to pursue the people that as long as they divide people and divide their nation there will be no prosperity in the country. As he said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”
These two key aspects of politics taken by the parties of that time pointed the story of the history. The thin ice between the Republicans and the Democrats was at a close breakdown when question about freedom arose. America was founded as a country of freedom, for free people who can freely live on its territory and the slavery itself contradicted the same idea of the country. Those who understood that were on the Lincoln side. Those who just were thinking about their welcoming did not take into consideration the future. Getting through the 13th Amendment with the help of William Seward was a start of the new order and new life for the country. The country could finally truly unite under one flag people of the different race and color. Lincoln’s dream was coming true. Unfortunately, the continuation of this was interrupted by his death. Thankfully he was not the only person who cherished human dignity over all.
Nowadays it is hard to imagine our world different from that as it is. Nevertheless, without Lincoln the history of one of the greatest nations could have been written totally differently. The decisions that were taken back in the 19th century by the 16th President of United States of America, the moral objectives that he had successfully encouraged to follow by others, the critical decisions that he had taken during the Civil War and the example of his morality and loyalty to all people had influenced the lives of generations to come and all the history of America.