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President Lincoln Assassinated!: The Firsthand Story of the Murder, Manhunt, Trial, and Mourning

 
 
Author
Harold Holzer.
Publisher Library of America  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.25 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781598533736
Pages/Publication Date 446/2015
Daedalus Item Code 59358
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A recipient of the Lincoln Prize and the National Humanities Medal, Harold Holzer is one of the country's leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era; here he offers an unprecedented firsthand chronicle of one of the most pivotal moments in American history. The fateful story of Abraham Lincoln's assassination and its aftermath is told in more than 80 original documents—eyewitness reports, medical records, trial transcripts, newspaper articles, speeches, letters, diary entries, and poems—by more than 75 participants and observers, including assassin John Wilkes Booth and the soldier who shot him, Boston Corbett. Courtroom testimony reveals the intricacies of the plot to kill the president; eulogies by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Wendell Phillips, and Benjamin Disraeli, as well as poetry by Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and Julia Ward Howe, give eloquent voice to the nation's grief; and two emotional speeches by Frederick Douglass—one of them never before published—reveal his evolving perspective on Lincoln's legacy.

"With the deft mastery we have come to expect from him, Harold Holzer compiles a vivid, riveting, and at times profoundly moving narrative of the immediate reaction to perhaps the greatest cataclysm in American history, and of the sudden and unexpected need to come to terms with the death of the complicated man at the center of it, Abraham Lincoln."—Ken Burns

 
 
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