‘Copperhead’ : A Lesson in Humanity

It’s hard to believe it has been almost a year since I talked to film maker Ron Maxwell about his movie ‘Copperhead’ which ( at the time of the phone call) was about to be released on DVD and Video on Demand.  The plan was to meet with some like-minded individuals and hold a viewing party, then contact Mr. Maxwell via conference call and discuss it.

Over the past year the group of “like-minded” people eventually went separate ways and we never had the viewing party.  Politics sometimes has a way of obstructing the view of what you have in common with people, focusing instead on the differences, which just happens to be the main theme of the movie.

The movie, based on Harold Frederic’s novel “The Copperhead” , is set in upstate New York during America’s Civil War and pits neighbor Abner Beech , a peace-loving constitutionalist (played by Billy Campbell) against radical Republican Jee Hagadorn (played by Angus Macfadyen ).

While Beech is critical of the actions of President Lincoln , his lack of adherence to the constitution and the shedding of blood to force the South to stay in the Union, Hagadorn is a “love it or leave it” kind of man and considers anyone who isn’t fully devoted to the agenda of the President a traitor.

It is a classic story that has been replayed throughout America’s history.  Should one’s loyalty lie with the constitution or does the government deserve unconditional loyalty in times of crisis?

A well written screen play and meticulous attention to historical accuracy that you come to expect from Director Ron Maxwell make this movie worth watching.

If you don’t feel like running up town to the video store to rent it,  ‘Copperhead’ is also available to rent from a number of internet streaming providers ( I was able to rent it on Amazon.com for $2.99 and I didn’t even have to leave my couch) – Editor

About aldermanlacy

I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

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