The Lincoln Assassination by Craig L. Symonds
Crime and Punishment, Myth and Memory A Lincoln Forum Book (The Lincoln Forum: the North's Civil War)

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The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln remains one of the most prominent events in U.S. history. It continues to attract enormous and intense interest from scholars, writers, and armchair historians alike, ranging from painstaking new research to wild-eyed speculation. At the end of the Lincoln bicentennial year, and the onset of the Civil War sesquicentennial, the leading scholars of Lincoln and his murder offer in one volume their latest studies and arguments about the assassination, its aftermath, the extraordinary public reaction (which was more complex than has been previously believed), and the iconography that Lincoln's murder and deification inspired. Contributors also offer the most up-to-date accounts of the parallel legal event of the summer of 1865-the relentless pursuit, prosecution, and punishment of the conspirators. Everything from graphic tributes to religious sermons, to spontaneous outbursts on the streets of the nation's cities, to emotional mass-mourning at carefully organized funerals, as well as the imposition of military jurisprudence to try theconspirators, is examined in the light of fresh evidence and insightful analysis.The contributors are among the finest scholars who are studying Lincoln's assassination. All have earned well-deserved reputations for the quality of their research, their thoroughness, their originality, and their writing. In addition to the editors, contributors include Thomas R. Turner, Edward Steers Jr., Michael W. Kauffman, Thomas P. Lowry, Richard E. Sloan, Elizabeth D. Leonard, and Richard Nelson Current.
 

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Harold Holzer, Senior Vice President for External Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is one of the nation's leading authorities on Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era. He served as co-chairman of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and has written, co-written, or edited thirty-five books.Craig L. Symonds is Professor Emeritus at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he taught courses on the American Civil War and naval history for thirty years. He is the author of twelve books, most recently Lincoln and His Admirals: Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Navy, and the Civil War, which won the Barondess/Lincoln Prize, the Daniel and Marilyn Laney Prize, the John Lyman Book Award, and the Lincoln Prize in 2009.Frank J. Williams , a renowned Lincoln scholar, is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and author or editor of many books, including Judging Lincoln. He is chair of the Lincoln Forum.
 
Published May 10, 2010 by Fordham University Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War. Non-fiction

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