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* TruthInTelevision: They got one thing right. Abe Lincoln's favorite snack was apples.


* TheCastShowoff: The bit with the slingshot was written in after it was discovered that Shirley Temple was good with a slingshot. A few years after this film was made, she actually turned her slingshot on UsefulNotes/EleanorRoosevelt!


* BeenThereShapedHistory: In an earlier version of the script, Virgie gives Lincoln the inspiration he needs to write the Gettysburg Address. A script doctor made them get rid of that, saying "if you ever even suggest that Shirley Temple was the inspiration for the Gettysburg Address, they'll throw rocks at us".

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: In [[WhatCouldHaveBeen an earlier version of the script, script]], Virgie gives Lincoln the inspiration he needs to write the Gettysburg Address. A script doctor made them get rid of that, saying "if you ever even suggest that Shirley Temple was the inspiration for the Gettysburg Address, they'll throw rocks at us".

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* BeenThereShapedHistory: In an earlier version of the script, Virgie gives Lincoln the inspiration he needs to write the Gettysburg Address. A script doctor made them get rid of that, saying "if you ever even suggest that Shirley Temple was the inspiration for the Gettysburg Address, they'll throw rocks at us".


* WarIsHell: A theme repeated throughout the film, helped along by its assertion that slavery was totally okay and that there was therefore nothing worth fighting over. The message is a little strange considering the movie portrays the Civil War as a surprisingly genteel affair.

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* WarIsHell: A theme repeated throughout the film, helped along by its assertion that slavery was totally okay and that there was therefore nothing worth fighting over. The message is a little strange considering the movie portrays the Civil War as a surprisingly an almost genteel affair.affair. The closest thing we get to a wartime atrocity is some rowdy Yankee soldiers causing mischief in the Cary household and they're quickly sorted out by their commander. If other anti-war films portray two enemy sides which are equally cruel, this one portrays two enemy sides dominated by nice people who should just forget the war and be friends.


* WarIsHell: A theme repeated throughout the film, helped along by its assertion that slavery was totally okay and that there was therefore nothing worth fighting over:
-->'''Virgie''': What's a war?\\
'''Uncle Billy''': Well, a war is a lot of soldiers and battles where men kill each other with guns.\\
'''Virgie''': Really and truly kill each other? Why?\\
'''Uncle Billy''': Seem like to me, honey, no one knows why. I hear a white gentleman say there's a man up North who wants to free the slaves.\\
'''Virgie''': What does that mean, "free the slaves"?\\
'''Uncle Billy''': I don't know what it means myself.

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* WarIsHell: A theme repeated throughout the film, helped along by its assertion that slavery was totally okay and that there was therefore nothing worth fighting over:
-->'''Virgie''': What's a war?\\
'''Uncle Billy''': Well, a war
over. The message is a lot of soldiers and battles where men kill each other with guns.\\
'''Virgie''': Really and truly kill each other? Why?\\
'''Uncle Billy''': Seem like to me, honey, no one knows why. I hear a white gentleman say there's a man up North who wants to free
little strange considering the slaves.\\
'''Virgie''': What does that mean, "free
movie portrays the slaves"?\\
'''Uncle Billy''': I don't know what it means myself.
Civil War as a surprisingly genteel affair.

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* TitleDrop: At one point, Colonel Morrison refers to Virgie as "the littlest rebel of them all". For her part, Virgie insists in an earlier scene that, "[[InsistentTerminology I'm not a rebel! My daddy said so. I'm a Confederate!]]"


* WarIsHell: A theme repeated throughout the film, helped along by its assertion that slavery was totally okay:

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* WarIsHell: A theme repeated throughout the film, helped along by its assertion that slavery was totally okay:okay and that there was therefore nothing worth fighting over:


'''Uncle Billy''': Well, a war is a lot of soldiers and battle where men kill each other with guns.\\

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'''Uncle Billy''': Well, a war is a lot of soldiers and battle battles where men kill each other with guns.\\


* WarIsHell: A theme repeated throughout the film, helped along by its assertion that slavery was totally okay.

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* WarIsHell: A theme repeated throughout the film, helped along by its assertion that slavery was totally okay.okay:
-->'''Virgie''': What's a war?\\
'''Uncle Billy''': Well, a war is a lot of soldiers and battle where men kill each other with guns.\\
'''Virgie''': Really and truly kill each other? Why?\\
'''Uncle Billy''': Seem like to me, honey, no one knows why. I hear a white gentleman say there's a man up North who wants to free the slaves.\\
'''Virgie''': What does that mean, "free the slaves"?\\
'''Uncle Billy''': I don't know what it means myself.


In the opening scenes, Virgie is celebrating her sixth birthday. Unfortunately, her sixth birthday happens to be April 12, 1861 (what are the odds?). Captain Herbert Cary goes off to war, leaving Virgie in the care of her mother and their happy, happy slaves. The Cary family owns a number of slaves, but the two main ones are Uncle Billy, a tap-dancing butler played by Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and James Henry, who is portrayed as TheDitz. The damn Yankees show up and are mean, except for their leader, Colonel Morrison, who is a FriendlyEnemy. Somehow, it all ends up with Virgie sitting in UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln[='s=] paternal lap and convincing him to grant a presidential pardon to her father and Colonel Morrison.

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In the opening scenes, Virgie is celebrating her sixth birthday. Unfortunately, her sixth birthday happens to be April 12, 1861 (what are the odds?). Captain Herbert Cary goes off to war, leaving Virgie in the care of her mother and their happy, happy slaves. The Cary family owns a number of slaves, but the two main ones are Uncle Billy, a tap-dancing butler played by Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and James Henry, who is portrayed as TheDitz. The damn Yankees show up and are mean, except for their leader, Colonel Morrison, who is a FriendlyEnemy. Somehow, it all ends up with Virgie sitting in UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln[='s=] paternal lap and convincing him to grant a presidential pardon pardons to her father and Colonel Morrison.


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