Christian historian David Barton, whose book 'The Jefferson Lies" was recalled by Thomas Nelson Publishers for historical inaccuracies, appeared on Glenn Beck's television program last night and attacked the Oscar-nominated film 'Lincoln,' which Barton admitted he had not seen, reports RightWingWatch.org (video below).
Barton said the film was totally inaccurate because there was no need for any "wheeling and dealing" or back room deals to pass the 13th Amendment (which outlawed slavery) because "it was slam dunk, big time."
While the Senate passed the 13th Amendment on April 8, 1864, by a vote of 38 to 6, the House was slower to give its approval. President Lincoln took an active role in working for its passage through the House by ensuring the amendment was added to the Republican Party platform for the 1864 presidential election.
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After heavy arm-twisting and promises of patronage, the House narrowly reached the two-thirds majority needed to pass the bill on January 31, 1865, by a vote of 119 to 56, hardly a "slam dunk."