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Foner: Lincoln “grossly exaggerates”

Abe Lincoln

Eric Foner, Professor of History and author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, gave his take on Spielberg’s Lincoln in a letter to the NYT sent earlier this week. Apparently, Hollywood’s latest take on the Great Emancipator takes some liberties.

“The film,” he writes, “grossly exaggerates the possibility that by January 1865 the war might have ended with slavery still intact.” He continues:

Mr. Brooks, and the film, offer a severely truncated view. Emancipation — like all far-reaching political change — resulted from events at all levels of society, including the efforts of social movements to change public sentiment and of slaves themselves to acquire freedom.

Not-the-only-cause-of-emancipation via Wikimedia

Bwoglines: You Betta’ Recognize Edition

Columbia University Professor of French Antoine Compagnon was awarded the prestigious Claude Lévi-Strauss Prize and an accompanying 100,000 euros last Tuesday for his excellence in social science methods (Note: This award is a big deal in France and is not distributed by the jean company) .(Spec)

On Friday, Obama urged colleges and universities to improve racial diversity on their campuses. The Times cited Prezbo’s two supreme court cases in their evaluation of the history of racial diversity on college campuses. (NY Times)

Facebook will open its first engineering office outside of the West Coast in New York City. Internships, anyone? (NY Daily News)

Daniel Day-Lewis was spotted for the first time in Abraham Lincoln swag, in preparation for his upcoming role in Lincoln. I drink your… confederacy? (Huffington Post)

Donald Trump will be hosting a GOP primary debate. Get ready for some ruckus. (Gothamist)

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Foner Gets Phallic

Foner, contemplating Colbert's question. Photo via Wikipedia Public Domain.

There’s nothing Bwog loves more than to wake up to a boner joke. Aren’t you glad we said “joke” at the end of that?

Anyway, Columbia’s very own superstar Professor Eric Foner stopped by The Colbert Report again (!) to discuss his new book “The Fiery Trial.” But before he even began to share his expertise on Abraham Lincoln and American slavery, Foner was asked a pressing (ha) question by Colbert:

“Does he know his name rhymes with boner?”

Watch Colbert’s intro here and Foner’s segment here.