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“Slavery, race, and the assassination”

Mar 21, 2011 at 6:40pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Slavery, race, and the assassination
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...
from The Conspirator 56 comments

“Frederick Aiken: A Rookie Defender”

Mar 14, 2011 at 9:53pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Frederick Aiken: A Rookie Defender
Historian Kate Larson suggests that Frederick Aiken (James McAvoy) failed in his defense of Mary Surratt due to his general inexperience as a lawyer.
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“The Private Life of Mary Surratt”

Feb 14, 2011 at 8:36pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

The Private Life of Mary Surratt
When audiences first meet Mary Surratt in the film THE CONSPIRATOR, the only thing they will know about her is that she is the mother of John Surratt, Jr., a Booth cohort...
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“April 1865: Lincoln, Washington City, and the Civil War's End”

Jan 11, 2011 at 7:54pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

April 1865: Lincoln, Washington City, and the Civil War's End
For Americans in both the North and South, April 1865 was an emotional rollercoaster: incredible happiness and shock, anger and fear...
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“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:54pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The year was 1969, an age of rebellion—when villains could be heroes, and do-gooders were rejected by a progressive generation with a thirst for freedom. It was the year of EASY RIDER, MIDNIGHT COWBOY, and the classic buddy western, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.
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  • adamvoges
    04/28/2017 at 11:51am

    adamvoges

    Is it right to show mercy just because of someone's gender and age? The law should be same for everyone.A guilty should be punished well, so as do Mary Surratt.

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • Palette
    11/28/2015 at 4:32pm

    Palette

    I would just like to point out that the image of Mary Surratt in the slideshow on this site has been heavily retouched to the point of changing the structure of her face, especially her nose. It is a dishonest image of Mary. The result of these alterations make her appearance more feminine, softer and more refined than she actually looked. There are two photographs of Mary Surratt. This altered version has been derived from the picture of a younger Mary. At the time of her involvement in the conspiracy she looked more like the photo of her when she was clearly older and heavier.

    from The Private Life of Mary Surratt
  • borderlne
    11/19/2014 at 2:51pm

    borderlne

    Judging from the things I see today, governments, even our own, can do anything they want. I have never been privy to Mary Surratt's mind and as such have no idea of her guilt or innocence. I do think the movie was well made.

    from Mary Surratt - Guilty, Innocent, or does it matter?
  • Kressel
    06/24/2013 at 12:30pm

    Kressel

    After reading MANHUNT and ASSASSINATION VACATION, I cannot think of Edwin Stanton as anything other than a hero.

    from Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
  • GRClarkfan
    09/05/2012 at 5:10pm

    GRClarkfan

    I find Stanton to be a very interesting historical individual who, like Mary Surrat, was vilified through exaggeration and misunderstanding. Was Mary Surrat guilty as charged? Did Stanton truly hate the South and force a reign of terror? Does either one deserve to be vilified or exonerated according to the evidence and prejudice history has left behind? The truth is we'll never actually know the truth because history is about facts and stories and not what someone was thinking at a moment when they couldn't write it down.

    Personally, I think that Stanton did go too far with the military tribunal and suspension of personal freedom, however Lincoln did the same in a time of war. Stanton stacked the deck against the conspirators, but he should have been satisfied with the tribunal's judgement of life in prison for Mrs. Surrat. I think his grief and anger fueled his thirst for revenge and I think he and others did take some advantage of the situation (like Bush did after 9/11) to create an atmosphere of fear, but I think he truly did want to see justice done, but his justice was not true justice. He may have seen the constitution as a hindrance or a guideline rather than the law. I don't think anyone is truly good or evil and I think that personal experiences and prejudices guide one's actions in a time of stress and uncertainty more than a societal norm or an inborn moral compass.

    from Edwin Stanton: Hero, Villain, or Something Else?
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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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