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While the popular conception of Lincoln as theL iberator of theS lave is true historically, there is a deeper view of his life and character. He was the savior, if not the real creator, of the American Union of freeD emocratic States. His proclamation of emancipation was purely an incident of war. The first policy of his administration was to save the Union. To this fact we owe a united Nation to-day. It is this truth of history which I try to make a living reality in my play. The scenes relating to the issues of ourN ational life have been drawn from authentic records. The plot of the action is based on the letter of Colonel John Nicolay toM ajor Hay, dated August 25, 1864, in which the following opening paragraph is found: Hell is to pay. The New York politicians have got a stampede on that is about to swamp everything. Raymond and theN ational Committee are here to-day. R. thinks aC ommission toR ichmond is about the only salt to save us; while the President sees and says it would be utter ruination. The matter is now undergoing consultation. Weak-kneed damned fools are in the movement for a new candidate to supplant the President. Everything is darkness, doubt, and discouragement. No liberty has been taken with an essential detail of history in the development of the action except to slightly shift the dates of two incidents for dramatic unity. In neither case does the change of date affect the validity of the scene as used.
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Thomas F. Dixon, Jr. (January 11, 1864 – April 3, 1946) was a Southern Baptist minister, playwright, lecturer, North Carolina state legislator, lawyer, and author, perhaps best known for writing The Clansman — which was to become the inspiration for D. W. Griffith's film, The Birth of a Nation (1915).
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