Last weekend, we went to see the movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” which is based, with the usual Hollywood poetic license, on the life of Eugene Allen, who served several U.S. presidents as a White House butler.
Early in the film, the Allen character, Cecil Gaines, is a youngster working as a slave in a cotton field with his family. But I was puzzled. The setting was the early 1920s. Slavery ended in 1865.