Copperhead

Copperhead

DVD - 2014
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The film, inspired by actual events, takes place in upstate New York, circa 1862. Dairy farmer Abner Beech despises slavery, but just as passionately opposes the war that President Lincoln is waging, all in the name of "union", hundreds of miles away. Abner is neither a Yankee nor a Rebel. He is what is known as a "Copperhead". A local anti-slavery zealot named Hagadorn stirs up the town against him, with pamphlets and rumors that prompt shopkeepers to boycott Abner's dairy products
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD Copperhead 2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1
Audience: Rating: PG-13; for an unsettling sequence

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garycornell
Jul 18, 2016

The history of the Copperheads was unfamiliar to me. It is an a fascinating part of American History, presented very well in the movie. The Civil War is going on, but what is happening at home in New York? The conflict within the communities was intense and explosive. If your into American History, "Copperhead" could be just what your looking for!@

kevfarley Aug 14, 2014

jimg2000 's review described it perfectly. It takes some getting into, but is worth the effort. They actually talked that way !

Its a film about an aspect of the Civil War home-front reality which is always over-looked !

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2014

Families and neighbors in a small town were deeply divided over the civil war. Like each war since, views of the people were not homogenous and often peppered with violent if not deadly confrontations. Film was crafted in civil war customs and delivered in period colloquialism etc. Not so entertaining but rich in the message of wars.

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2014

Son's eulogy (Father hung himself after leading a mob to burn down a copperhead's house) Part 1 of 3: Now, I ain't one for quoting chapters.
Seems to me one of the wisest
things he ever told us was this:
Love thy neighbor as thyself.
I'm gonna say that again.
Love thy neighbor as thyself.
Seems to me we do an awful poor
job of living up to that one.
Oh, we love our neighbor just
fine when the sun's out...
and the crops are high and our neighbor's
agreeing with everything we say.
Oh, we love him just fine.
But he'll be a bit ornery...disagreeable...
maybe got a different way
of looking at things.
All of a sudden, we don't love
our neighbor so much anymore.
In fact, we hate him.

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2014

Son's eulogy part 2 of 3: And we'll call him names.
We'll burn his house down.
Maybe even kill him.
All the while we sit in church
mouthing the words...
to pretty little hymns
that we don't mean.
When I went down to Richmond...
to go pick up Jeff...
I seen men... Boys really, some
no more than 16 years old.
Without arms and legs and eyes.
And they was the ones that wasn't
killed. They was the lucky ones.
I seen black slaves in Virginia...
men, 40, 50 years old...
and they'd get bought
and sold and whipped...
just because of the
color of their skin.
And I seen all this...
and I wondered what happened
to "love thy neighbor"?

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jimg2000
Jun 12, 2014

Son's eulogy part 3 of 3:
... and I see that Abner and M'rye's
house got burned to the ground...
and I thought...
what happened to
"love thy neighbor"?
And I found my father dead.
Dead as any soldier
on a battlefield.
And I thought...
what happened to
"love thy neighbor"?
Nothing I can say
can bring back Pa.
And nothing I can say can bring
back the Beeches' house.
Maybe in the face of
all this madness...
we can start loving our neighbor.

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