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“Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?”

Apr 20, 2011 at 9:41pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
Less than three months after her arrest at her boarding house on H Street in Washington City, Mary Surratt would be hanged for her role in John Wilkes Booth's murderous plot.
from The Conspirator 53 comments

“Frederick Aiken: A Proper Defense”

Mar 14, 2011 at 9:41pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Frederick Aiken: A Proper Defense
Historian Fred Borch argues that Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) did all that he could and provided a proper defense for Mary Surratt.
from The Conspirator 23 comments

“Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?”

Feb 25, 2011 at 6:40pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
Edwin Stanton reportedly said when Abraham Lincoln died, "Now he belongs to the ages." Unfortunately the ages have been a lot kinder to the 16th president than they have to the war secretary.
from The Conspirator 45 comments

“Historians View the Assassination”

Apr 4, 2011 at 9:36pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Historians View the Assassination
In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved.
from The Conspirator 87 comments

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

Mar 28, 2011 at 8:43pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal
Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters.
from The Conspirator 73 comments

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  • Kressel
    07/17/2014 at 9:59am

    Kressel

    Not quite an American hero, but this sounded interesting: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/07/16/331743569/episode-552-the-dollar-at-the-center-of-the-world#commentBlock

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • ProudAmerican
    09/15/2013 at 7:18pm

    ProudAmerican

    The options posted on here are amazing. I'd watch them all. Roosevelt's western experience would be most captivating for me (please do not leave out his role in Montana).

    Something else to consider is the story of Henry Plummer and his gang/deputies. From what I've understood the actions of the citizens revolting against the Sheriff, Henry Plummer, and his men where part of what created the vigilante law in the US. This is a little known story even to people in the area, Virginia City, Montana. I'm not sure how I first heard of it but it has mesmerized me ever since.

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Kressel
    06/26/2013 at 9:43am

    Kressel

    Oh, and another suggestion, especially in light of yesterday's Supreme Court decision: a film about Yick Wo v. Hopkins. Hardly anyone knows about it, but it should have set precedent for all ethnic/racial discrimination cases. It was not long after the Civil War, and a Chinese immigrant proved discriminatory practices that prevented him from running a laundry service.

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Kressel
    06/25/2013 at 11:27am

    Kressel

    I'd also like to see something about the New Deal - the story of a real American who was part of the WPA. I think the Library of Congress has a whole slew of interviews from them.

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Kressel
    06/25/2013 at 11:26am

    Kressel

    Now that you've done Confederate woman Mary Surrat, how about two women who spied for the Union: Elizabeth Van Lew and Mary Bowser?

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
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“Historians View the Assassination”

87 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved. More

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

73 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters. More

“Slavery, race, and the assassination”

56 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

On the evening of April 11, 1865, a large crowd gathered on the south lawn of the White House in Washington to hear President Abraham Lincoln deliver a speech from a second-floor balcony... More
 

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