Did Black Lives Matter while Re-electing Lincoln?

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LOS ANGELES - eTradeWire -- A newly released documentary reveals how the issue of slavery affected Abraham Lincoln's re-election and caused a violent racial divide resurfacing today.

Featuring Harold Holzer, one of the country's leading Lincoln historians and the winner of the 2015 Gilder-Lehrman Lincoln Prize, "Did Black Lives Matter: Re-Electing Lincoln" focuses on the dramatic presidential re-election campaign of 1864, political sacrifices surrounding the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation as well as the root of reluctance by modern African-Americans in accepting Lincoln as an emancipator. The film examines such controversially relevant issues as the war against Confederacy, Lincoln's record on slavery and religious freedom, his violation of the Constitution, journalist arrests, the suspension of habeas corpus and the abuse of the federal power.

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"The 1864 Presidential campaign was both a racist campaign against Lincoln and a campaign on civil liberties. One of the most famous images of the campaign was a picture of Lincoln as a black man wearing a crown and the title of it was Abraham Africanus the First, which was supposed to indicate that not only he was unacceptably sympathetic to the people of color but that he was also a tyrant" Harold Holzer.

This visionary film connects past and present in a hauntingly memorable way and sheds new light on processes that formed and continue to form the American identity.

Watch the trailer and rent or purchase the film at  www.DidBlackLivesMatter.com

Contact:   info@didblacklivesmatter.com

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