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Posted on 06/28/2013 12:23:43 AM PDT by neverdem
It's a miracle! A fascinating and compelling movie whose plot is driven by the protagonist's fidelity to the Constitution. (In fact there were more mentions of the Constitution than any other movie I have ever seen.) You have never seen a movie like Copperhead, and you ought to take the opportunity to see it on a big screen if you live in one of the forty-some cities where it is opening today. But even if you don't, it is available today via all on-demand platforms, which is a great strategy to reach the widely dispersed audience that would appreciate this movie and have access to on-demand via cable, satellite, or the internet.
The story covers several months starting in the spring of 1862, as the Civil War began to felt in upstate New York, where dairy farmer Abner Beech holds a very politically incorrect view for his time and place: he is a so-called Copperhead who believes that the war was unwise, that President Lincoln has violated the Constitution in his conduct of the war, and the Confederacy should be allowed to go its own way or reunite with the Union, as it wishes.
Far from being a racist indifferent to slavery, Beech deplores it, and the viewer discovers that he has been secretly part of the Underground Railroad funneling fugitive slaves to Canada. The neighbors that react negatively to his stance have no clue as to his beliefs, and the abuse he endures is in the end tragic in unexpected ways. I won't spoil the plot, but it is the very opposite of a preachy, talky movie about politics. The characters have depth, the acting and directing are terrific, and the plot moves forward in a completely logical and compelling manner. There is romance, conflict, violence, and much more...
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Copperhead...aka peace democrat....were very pro slavery ....the thought that a copperhead would have anything to do with freeing slaves is laughable...
This looks like history revision at play to me...shoving a copperhead in a democrats face leaves them defensless when they try and spin the southern strategy myth...
I wonder if that black congress woman, who’s name escapes for the moment, will have a cameo appearance since she was freed...from slavery...
I tend to forget the names of ignoramuses...
Gadzooks! I’ll be at the 12:30 screening, so see ya... there!
The Republic is dead and Lincoln started the ball rolling towards FedGov domination.
During this time of great destruction and Lincoln's hatred for states rights, the the Copperheads were the only decent people North of the Mason-Dixon, God bless the Copperheads.
I will see this movie....
In the mid-term election that apparently plays a big role in the plot, the Democrats’ (Peace and War) primary strategy was to exacerbate racial antagonism. In the NYC draft riots of 1863, the rioters were largely, though not exclusively, focused on killing black men.
Haven’t seen the movie, and don’t know if I will, but I strongly suspect it portrays the Copperheads as 1970s Vietnam War resisters before their time.
Which is a shame. A much better movie could have been made by showing the complexity of the issue. That attitudes we applaud today (like pacifism) and those we despise (like virulent even for the time racism) were often inextricably linked.
Locating the movie in NY was also pretty odd, as the real Copperheads were concentrated in the midwest.
God bless racist democrats?
Guess what? EVERYONE in the mid 19th century was a racist by today's standards, even the demi-God Lincoln was a racist.
Afraid of deprogramming the reconstructed history that permeates your brain?
Ah yes...I guess the abolitionists were racist then...since everyone was a racist....
Neo-confederacy isnt cool...
In the mid-nineteenth century Abolitionists were considered a small group of crazy people, radical kooks , even in the North.
This discussion shows how complex the issues in the Civil War were. Once side fighting to preserve states’ rights and property rights, but human beings were part of that property, while the other side was fighting to preserve the union, and prevent the spread of slavery, but had to set the power of the federal government over that of states and individuals in order to accomplish that goal.
The point of Lord of the Rings and Star Wars was that evil means used to pursue good ends will have evil results. I think one can see that in the Civil War.
They abhorred the Underground Railroad as an organized conspiracy to violate the "rights" of slave states and their citizens in defiance of the constitutionality of the Dred Scott,
One might as well make a movie with a fictional Northern protagonist who was a staunch opponent of the Confederacy, participated in Sherman's March and also advocated legalizing slavery in the North.
The film is ahistorical and incoherent.
Frederic was born in Utica, New York, to Presbyterian parents. After his father was killed in a train accident when Frederic was 18 months old, the boy was raised primarily by his mother. He finished school at fifteen, and soon began work as a photographer. For four years he was a photographic touch-up artist in his hometown and in Boston. In 1875 he began work as a proofreader for the Utica Herald and then the Utica Daily Observer. Frederic later became a reporter, and by 1882 he was editor of the Albany Evening Journal.
Sounds like a Yankee to me. I wonder how he made up all of these "fantasies"...
Actually I have never read it. I am going to Amazon and get a copy now. Tom Clancy wrote novels too. So were his works unworthy?