The Assassination of Lincoln: History and Myth

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U of Nebraska Press, 1994 - History - 367 pages
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The Civil War officially ended at Appomattox soon after President Lincoln?s second inauguration. During his first term he had been widely viewed by special-interest groups as a good-natured, indecisive bungler, and worse. In the South he was still despised, and many in the North, especially the radicals in the Republican party, distrusted and derided his leniency toward the vanquished. On the evening of April 14, 1865, an assassin?s bullet irrevocably altered the way Abraham Lincoln would be viewed by Americans. In life a cunning politician, Lincoln became in death a selfless martyr. Lloyd Lewis explicates the mythology that evolved out of Lincoln?s death, the outpouring of national grief, the pursuit of John Wilkes booth and the conspirators, booth?s fate, and the frequent moving and reburial of Lincoln?s coffin.
  

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Contents

THE DYING GOD 1 three silver stars
3
mad march hares
7
in the cabin of the river queen
12
just a friend from Illinois
27
a ship sailing rapidly
38
horrible carnival
46
COLD rain in the morning
54
black easter
67
the widowwoman
196
the four who were hanged
206
sharks and cats
213
this is to certify
216
phantom footsteps
232
the glorytogod man
246
ALTAR SMOKE 24 myths at the tomb of lincoln
259
the coney men
266

they knew what god wanted
80
the dying god
92
the mirrors were draped
105
half circus half heartbreak
113
PORTRAIT OF AN ASSASSINS FATHER
131
WOMEN SPOILED HIM
144
CARTOON ASSASSINS
158
ham actor
175
red sundown
187
the lincoln guard of honor
281
the dreams of a prophet
289
the holiday of death
304
the shapes arise
320
AFTERGLOW
343
EPILOGUE POST MORTEM
347
SOURCES
357
INDEX
361
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Lloyd Lewis wrote Sherman, Fighting Prophet (1993), also a Bison Book. Mark E. Neely, Jr., who introduces this book, previously titled Myths after Lincoln, is professor of history at St. Louis University. He is the author of The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia, The Insanity File: The Case of Mary Todd Lincoln, and The Fate of Liberty: Abraham Lincoln and Civil Liberties.

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