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Lincoln Wishes Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving

In the spirit of Abraham Lincoln proclaiming Thanksgiving a national holiday on October 3, 1863, the filmmakers of the new acclaimed historical biographical drama ‘Lincoln‘ are wishing audiences a happy and safe holiday. In proclaiming Thanksgiving a national holiday, Lincoln said “in the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity…peace has been preserved with all nations…and harmony has prevailed everywhere.” The 16th president declared that the last Thursday of November become a day of “Thanksgiving and Praise.”

The Steven Spielberg-directed ‘Lincoln,’ which is now in theaters, follows the title character, the 16th president of the United States (played by Daniel Day-Lewis) as he pushes for the passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery. As the Civil War rages on, the president must also contend with the continued carnage on the battlefield, and the fights he even experiences with members in his own cabinet over the decision to emancipate the slaves. The anti-abolitionist Democrats will be tested against Lincoln’s moderates and the more zealous anti-slavery radicals of the young Republican Party.

Lincoln must also deal with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln (portrayed by Sally Field), as she struggles with the deaths of several of their sons, and the estrangement he faces with his college-age son Robert (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who returns home from Harvard to join the Union army.

Lincoln Wishes Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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