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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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  • fred_borch
    04/19/2010 at 4:03pm

    fred_borch

    Another good ideas for a great film "never" made -- the friendship between Tom Jefferson and John Adams -- a relationship very much nurtured by Abigail Adams. A great source for this idea and others dealing with the Revolutionary War era is Joseph J. Ellis' "Founding Brothers" (the book won the Pulitzer Prize and was a national bestseller).

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • fred_borch
    04/19/2010 at 2:58pm

    fred_borch

    I'm with michaelbeson and robstone -- the Hamilton and Burr duel would be a great topic -- or just a movie on Aaron Burr. By the way, Gore Vidal suggested in his novel "Burr" that it was Hamilton who said that Burr had a sexual relationship with his daughter -- any movie about Aaron Burr would be good -- he tied with Jefferson in the Electoral College and was consequently was almost elected president -- Jefferson and Burr were mortal enemies -- again, lots of drama here -- but also real history -- great idea.

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • futureperfect
    04/17/2010 at 12:48pm

    futureperfect

    What about an updated, authentic, big-screen modern-telling of the life of Mark Twain? What an adventurous, fascinating life he led and it would make for a great film. I am not aware of any big screen Twain films in the works. Thoughts?

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Rocco
    04/16/2010 at 8:45pm

    Rocco

    "In Search Of" with Leonard Nimoy had an episode about Butch Cassidy.

    "Butch Cassidy: 5/78 - Examines the possibility that Butch Cassidy was not killed in Bolivia along with the Sundance Kid, but actually lived a full life and died peacefully in 1937."

    from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • BrianFalk
    04/16/2010 at 3:59pm

    BrianFalk

    Vergennes, I'm a big fan of the idea that the antagonist is simply the protagonist with another point of view, so I appreciate your call for balance on the Braddock story. To be honest, as an American, I've thought of the story more from a young George Washington's point of view. Before finding himself in Braddock's peloton of officers, he was a disgraced militia officer whose earlier blunder in battle at Fort Necessity had forced him to quit the service altogether. His heroism at the Monongahela put him back on a career path that became legendary, of course. But I love the idea of a well-rounded story that may leave a viewer guessing the identity of the bad guy (or even the good guy).

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made

“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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