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John Y. Simon, Harold Holzer, and Dawn Vogel

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823227365

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823227365.001.0001

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Lincoln's Assassination and John Wilkes Booth's Confederate Connection

Lincoln's Assassination and John Wilkes Booth's Confederate Connection

(p.311) CHAPTER 18 Lincoln's Assassination and John Wilkes Booth's Confederate Connection
Lincoln Revisited

John Y. Simon

Harold Holzer

Dawn Vogel

Fordham University Press

The tragedy of Abraham Lincoln's death gripped the North like no other event in the nation's young history. Southerners had lost their only hope for a just and magnanimous peace. However, like so much of the story of Lincoln's assassination, this view of his death is a myth — a myth that has been manufactured. In reality, the great majority of people throughout the South rejoiced at the news of Lincoln's assassination. Contrary to the popular myth that Lincoln's death was a national tragedy, Southerners saw Lincoln's death as tyrannicide — the killing of a great tyrant. What this chapter claims is that Confederate officials were closely involved with John Wilkes Booth from the outset of his plot to remove Lincoln as president and commander in chief of the military. Confederate agents who worked for Judah P. Benjamin, Confederate Secretary of State, provided key contacts to Booth along with financial assistance to help carry out his operation.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, assassination, death, national tragedy, Southerners, tyrannicide, Confederate, John Wilkes Booth, Judah P. Benjamin

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