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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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  • ruttintuttin
    06/18/2012 at 10:42am

    ruttintuttin

    I'm from the North and after living in the 50th state for almost 26 years, I'm in the North again.

    I can't agree with some of the arguments I've heard people pro-Union have made. There was an apartheid system in the South and even places in the North after emancipation (sp?); it may not have been officially US policy, but in practice it was definitely apartheid, so the Civil War didn't save the US from that.

    I have to admit that the Southern viewpoint has some very good points, states willing to join a union, and then deciding to rescind that choice at a later time, is that treason?

    How can forcing a federal government on states that wanted to secede be considered democratic?

    For all the talk in the North about preserving the Union, mostly it was, and would be today, economic interests that prevailed over the true principles of democracy.

    I'm not saying I'm completely in agreement with the Southern viewpoint, but I've read some good arguments that I haven't seriously entertained before.

    from Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
  • ruttintuttin
    06/18/2012 at 10:08am

    ruttintuttin

    I am stating the obvious, probably, but I really think the gamble was that if Mary was on trial for such a serious crime, her son would do the honorable thing and turn himself in instead of allowing her to take the fall, as it turned out, literally.

    When I realize that Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis weren't prosecuted as traitors, it makes her execution seem very unjust, even heinous.

    I do believe she at least suspected that her son was plotting something that the Union would definitely consider treasonous. She wasn't innocent, but I don't think she was guilty of what she was convicted of. She was a scapegoat.

    Not a "finest moment" in US history.

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • jojod
    05/26/2012 at 6:37pm

    jojod

    Just because Powell returned to Mary Surratt's boarding house (as the The Conspirator: The Plot to Kill Lincoln, points out) after the events….

    Speaking from my own experience, I would say that he was returning there because he felt it was a safe haven, hosted by a person of good judgement and the ability to make him feel forgiven of trespasses he has already incurred on his soul card of records of wrong deeds.

    As a southerner who has been raised by the Ruth of all southern mothers, I can tell you that Redford was about as spot on as a director can get in this film, concerning his artistic conclusions in The Conspirator. From my very own kernel, I must say that Solomon and Redford at one point, actually had me considering the same thing I heard an African American preacher say at an anti-gay, anti-feminist meeting I was taken to as a child, way back in the 70's…. "The constitution is an inspired ([sic] - {of God}) document." Really? There was one moment in this film during which I felt it (U.S. constitution) may have been more deeply inspired than much of the Bible.

    When I suffer ridicule for the simple reason that I cannot help but respect and revere our current president in the culture I have chosen to live in, a film like this gives me great pleasure and recompense. Thank you to anyone who reads this and worked on it. It was like heroin (I guess….. never did that.)

    from Motives for the Assassination
  • crewchief
    05/14/2012 at 8:38am

    crewchief

    It is sad that a nation has to fight among its-self...but the civil war was not
    a true CIVIL war. It was a fight for southern freedom from a opressive
    government...just what we are having now.....which I'm afraid will
    eventually lead to a real civil war in this country. And it will be brutal
    no matter how christian-like we are.

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • laverge-01
    05/03/2012 at 9:34pm

    laverge-01

    But what is history without a commentary on social "messages" from the past designed to teach the present and future? Without comparing past events with present situations and contemplating impacts on the future, the study of history is reduced to nothing more than timelines...

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
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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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