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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
    01/20/2011 at 6:04am

    fred_borch

    Did you know that --- some 10 million Americans turned out to watch Lincoln's funeral procession as it moved by train from Washington City to Springfield. Since the U.S. population had been 31 in 1860, this is a huge number --- in 2011, it would be as if 100 million Americans had taken to the streetsto mourn the beloved president.

    from April 1865: Lincoln, Washington City, and the Civil War's End
  • AJCameron
    01/19/2011 at 11:28am

    AJCameron

    To historymaddog's point about legislation: perhaps a good example of the acts passed by the Union during the Civil War that had lasting economic effects on the rates of growth in the North and South, respectively, is the National Banking Act. This is legislation that would never have seen the light of day if the South had been part of the lawmaking process. Its immediate necessity arose from the need to finance the Union effort, but its lasting effect when combined with a 10% tax on state banks was to create an interest rate differential that favored the North for most of thirty-five years. The result was that credit was both scarce and expensive for the Southern economy at a time when it was going through a period when it was transitioning from the plantation economy, revolutionizing its labor model, and attempting to rebuild its infrastructure.

    from April 1865: Lincoln, Washington City, and the Civil War's End
  • fred_borch
    01/18/2011 at 8:18pm

    fred_borch

    There is no question that the end of slavery wrecked the South's economy---as much of the region's wealth was tied up in the slave system. And there is no question that the North's victory meant a shift of political power from the South --- at least until the political compromise of 1877. Historymaddog raises a very interesting point: did the South's defeat somehow accelerate industrialization in America? I don't know. Anyone?

    from April 1865: Lincoln, Washington City, and the Civil War's End
  • historymaddog
    01/18/2011 at 4:29pm

    historymaddog

    Following the Civil War, we know that the South suffered from a labor shortage that depreciated their land and improvements that effectively reduced income of White Southerners. One would hypothesize that the exodus of so much labor from the Southern agrarian economy to the nascent industrial economy of the Northern cities could only have served to further accelerate the industrial revolution. Likewise, did the lack of Southern participation in Union politics during the war followed by blunted political influence after the war result in creating a legislative policy climate that favored the North and its economic agenda? We would hardly venture as far as Beard-Hacker and draw a cause and effect between the Civil War and the triumph of industrialization as many countries achieved the same result without bearing the costs to manpower and destroyed infrastructure that the US suffered. Nevertheless, we are left to ponder if the Civil War removed obstacles to industrialization (insufficient labor resources and pro-agrarian policies) that enabled the US to grow into an industrial economy faster and at a greater scale.

    from April 1865: Lincoln, Washington City, and the Civil War's End
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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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