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“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.
from The Conspirator 21 comments

“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...
from The Conspirator 25 comments

“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...
from The Conspirator 21 comments

“The Best American History Movies NEVER Made”

Feb 23, 2010 at 1:24pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Discussions

The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
As we at the American Film Company have endeavored to turn American history into movies, I've been struck by how many amazing true stories have not been given the green light...
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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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  • Annieirene
    10/13/2014 at 2:40am

    Annieirene

    I was at Cuttington College in Liberia, West Africa, where my father was a visiting professor for a year. I was 8 years old. My brothers and I and some other kids were coming back on a van from children's activities at a nearby Lutheran run mission and saw a group of the Liberian college students gathered by the gates to the college around a battery-powered radio. It was night and very dark except for flashlights or something they held. We stopped to ask them what was going on, and they told us President Kennedy had been shot and killed in Dallas, Texas. They were shocked and upset. We drove on to our house where my parents had also heard the news. We had all campaigned for JFK (to the extent kids can, we had helped), so it was particularly sad for us, but other people in that community were distraught as well. People from Haiti, Germany, Canada, Liberia, England, as well as Americans, both black and white.

    from Where Were YOU When Kennedy Was Shot?
  • Kressel
    07/17/2014 at 9:59am

    Kressel

    Not quite an American hero, but this sounded interesting: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/07/16/331743569/episode-552-the-dollar-at-the-center-of-the-world#commentBlock

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Kressel
    12/30/2013 at 4:22pm

    Kressel

    Sarah Vowell's ASSASSINATION VACATION taught me all about the assassinations of Lincoln, McKinley, and Garfield. I followed up on the Lincoln assassination with MANHUNT by James Swanson, which is really about the chase for John Wilkes Booth. Together, both books are good preparation for "The Conspirator," but though "Parkland" does not advocate any conspiracy theories, the John Wilkes Booth conspiracy is what convinced me that a conspiracy was behind JFK, too. On the other hand, the McKinley and Garfield assassinations were both perpetrated by lone wolves, so I suppose it is possible.

    from Presidents in Peril
  • Kressel
    12/30/2013 at 11:57am

    Kressel

    I just saw the film last night. How is it known that the young FBI agent burned the files on Lee Harvey Oswald? Did he tell the world that before he died?

    from Untold Stories from the JFK Assassination
  • Vanessa
    10/14/2013 at 12:17pm

    Vanessa

    I still haven't been able to see the film yet, but I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was not quite 10 years old & remember hearing what happened that evening on the news from Walter Cronkite, it's burned into my memory forever. Then 2 days later I watched in horror with the rest of the country as Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald live on TV. The weirder thing for me and my family though is that my great aunt worked as a dancer for Jack Ruby at the time and had for several years. She was approached by the police and eventually by other authorities questioning her. I remember how our family wanted her to tell us what she knew & she claimed very loudly that she knew nothing. I always believed she knew more than she said & was just afraid for her life. I was right. In 2004, she finally talked about it to us for the first time, she was in her 80's & has since passed away. She told us in no uncertain terms, she fully believed Oswald was not a lone gunman & that she knew that there were people that had used him, and believed he was one of the shooters. However, she still would not take her story to anyone else & we just left it at that. It will forever be a true mystery in my opinion.

    from Untold Stories from the JFK Assassination
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“The Best American History Movies NEVER Made”

163 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

As we at the American Film Company have endeavored to turn American history into movies, I've been struck by how many amazing true stories have not been given the green light... More

“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
 

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