The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln

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Basic Books, 2010 - History - 263 pages
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The true story of Mary Surratt, a shadowy figure behind the assassination of Abraham Lincoln--and the first woman executed by the federal government. Surratt, a Confederate sympathizer, ran the boarding house in Washington where the conspirators, including her rebel son, John Surratt, met to plan the assassination. When a military tribunal convicted her for her crimes and sentenced her to death, five of the nine commissioners petitioned President Andrew Johnson to show mercy on Surratt because of her sex and age. Unmoved, Johnson refused--Surratt, he said, "kept the nest that hatched the egg." Historian Larson tells the intricate story of the Lincoln conspiracy through the eyes of its only female participant. Based on long-lost interviews, confessions, and court testimony, the text explores how Mary's actions defied nineteenth-century norms of femininity, piety, and motherhood, leaving her vulnerable to a punishment historically reserved for men.--From publisher description.
  

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Review: Assassin's Accomplice

User Review  - Michelle - Goodreads

This book explores the background and events in the life of Mary Surratt leading up to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. While her involvement in the plot has been widely debated for over a ... Read full review

Review: Assassin's Accomplice

User Review  - Alicia - Goodreads

A very focused nonfiction of the life of Mary Surratt, convicted and hanged-- the first woman-- for her connection with the assassination of the president, Abraham Lincoln. There are still some ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Kate Clifford Larson is an adjunct professor of history at Simmons College. She is the author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero (2003). She lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.

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