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Lincoln: An Oscar-Deserving Story of Hope

The 2012 American historical drama film “Lincoln”, directed and produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and twelve Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. The movie was meticulously done and succeeded in capturing Lincoln’s enigmatic, complex, and charming self.

However, it wasn’t the great acting or directing that had me so glued to the screen that I was afraid to reach for popcorn.

Lincoln has been my mental health hero ever since Joshua Wolf Shenk, who has since become a friend of mine, published his acclaimed book, “Lincoln’s Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness.” Shenk took seven years to research and write the masterpiece, and it gained attention right as I had graduated from one psych ward unit and was going into another one.

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Lincoln: An Oscar-Deserving Story of Hope

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  1. So, was the movie itself good? Was it worth seeing? Was it true to the Lincoln you have studied – and come to know?

  2. I am a descendant of Southerners who fought in both armies. My great-granduncle, Jonathan Miller, was a Sgt in the North Carolina Regiment of the Union Army during the war and was a Lincoln Republican. Another great-granduncle, Charles Edward Rice, was a Southerner also in the Union Army and died at Andersonville Prison in Georgia. I am proud of these men. They were not black Americans; on the contrary, they were Anglo-Saxon. Lincoln was a great movie about a great leader. The Republican Party does not stand for the Principles of Lincoln today. Were he living today, he would be a Democrat! May God bless the immortal spirit of Abe Lincoln. Perhaps I will meet him in heaven one day.

  3. I have seen the movie but knew only superficially of Lincoln’s bout with depression. Thank you for your eloquent description of how a severe liability can become a triumph.

  4. Nice to know such a man had the same troubles I have had.

  5. Wow. That really does give us depressives hope. I always think when I’m depressed that I’m the only one and my second thought is usually that I will never amount to anything because I’m too fragile because of my depression. If Lincoln could do what he did (without medication, imagine…

  6. Enjoyed this post about the movie “Lincoln”. I saw it too and loved it. When it came time to vote for the bill abolishing slavery I was so involved I felt like I was right there in the room all those years ago!
    I too have admired Lincoln due to his illness. My first exposure to the life he and his wife shared was in the book “Love is Eternal” by Michener.
    Personally I cannot imagine being in public life and dealing with depression at the same time.
    I enjoyed this post.

  7. I can understand how depression feels. My wife and I are having a hard time due to the economy. No one was to hire us because of age and sickness. At this moment, I feel rather low. East Carolina University just turned down my wife for a job. She is a former professor of Old Dominion University. She has a BS and MS degree in her field;however, East Carolina would not hire her. I am a former Officer of Bank of America, and no one will hire me either. I am too old and sick.



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