Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I saw "Lincoln" over the holiday weekend and echo the praise from critics, including this typically thoughtful piece by Michael Gerson in the Washington Post. The MOJ angle? Thaddeus Stevens--wonderfully portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones in the film--was an opponent of anti-Catholic bigotry throughout his career (before joining the Republican Party, he was a member of the Anti-Masonic Party, and Stevens's common law wife was a Catholic) and was instrumental in the establishment of Providence Hospital in Washington, DC (still in existence). Stevens was close to the Daughters of Charity who staffed the hospital, and two sisters were at his bedside at his death, one of whom baptized Stevens (a bit of historical background in this article from the journal Biography).