Craig Harshaw is the Executive Director of Insight Arts, a contemporary arts organization located in Chicago. He served as a contributing editor for the journal P-Form and has taught at Columbia College Chicago and School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Why does Hollywood keep distorting history to portray exceptional individuals rescuing America from collective problems?
(Editorial note: This essay has been revised and updated from a previous version. 11/5/2014.)
Recently, a number of acclaimed films focusing on the life of Abraham Lincoln, slavery, and the Civil War have distorted historical reality to suggest that…