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Lincoln's avengers : justice, revenge, and reunion after the Civil War

Author: Elizabeth D Leonard
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On April 14th 1865, Abraham Lincoln was murdered by John Wilkes Booth, and Secretary of State William H. Seward was brutally stabbed. This book tells the story of the two assassination trials, exploring what made them pivotal in American history.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Abraham Lincoln; Andrew Johnson; Andrew Johnson; Abraham Lincoln
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth D Leonard
ISBN: 0393326772 9780393326772
OCLC Number: 59716608
Description: xviii, 373 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: "That fearful night": the assassination and the making of an avenger. --
"A vindictive clique of villains": the pursuit and capture of the suspects. --
"A disposition to preserve law and order": Joseph Holt and the first trial of the assassins. --
"A stupendous retribution": conviction and punishment of eight co-conspirators. --
"In violation of the laws and customs of war": going after Henry Wirz of Andersonville. --
"Forbearance and forgiveness": Andrew Johnson's vision for Southern restoration. --
"Traitors, confessed perjurers and suborners": the unraveling of revenge. --
"A well-dressed and very presentable young man": the trial of John Surratt Jr. --
"The wicked man now acting as president": the trial of Andrew Johnson and the collapse of Holt's agenda.
Responsibility: Elizabeth D. Leonard.

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"Thought-provoking and diligently reasoned . . . . Bravo to [Leonard's] attention on the often overlooked . . . Holt."

 
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