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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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  • Jon_Jordan
    04/23/2010 at 11:57am

    Jon_Jordan

    George C. Scott looked like Patton. In fact, he probably looked like the Patton that Patton wanted to look like. But the biggest single liberty taken with the movie -- one followed by virtually every audio and video portrayal of Patton, was that the real Patton's voice was not gravelly and low. In fact, it was an entirely unmilitary nasal alto that virtually every who knew him commented on.

    Probably the only other big difference between GSP and GCS is that the real Patton was much more insecure in private.

    Historian Martin Blumenson once said, "Everything ever written about Patton is correct." A man with that many contradictions, and one that successful as a battlefield commander, makes a great and colorful figure!

    from Patton
  • 04/22/2010 at 5:15pm

    surrattfan1

    Always thought a movie about Kenesaw Mountain Landis would be fascinating...both a long time federal judge and the first commissioner of major league baseball.

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • BrianFalk
    04/22/2010 at 3:22pm

    BrianFalk

    Love Mark Twain. At TAFC, we've found that focusing on a chapter of a person's life, as opposed to biting off an entire biopic, makes the most sense (narratively and financially). So, any suggestions for a piece of Mark Twain's life that would be illustrative of the whole?

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • malize
    04/19/2010 at 8:34pm

    malize

    There are at least two good performances in Branagh's "Conspiracy"...and the Julie and Julia performance by MS is again worth mentioning since we appear to be including things like Capote, etc.

    Brian Keith is a highly underrated actor IMO...

    Stanley Baker's take on Zulu could use a razzie.

    from Best/Worst Performances by an Actor Portraying a Historical Figure
  • Rocco
    04/19/2010 at 6:35pm

    Rocco

    The musical score of the movie is also awesome!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_5l6rIUu4A

    from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

“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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