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The Lincoln AssassinationCrime and Punishment, Myth and Memory A Lincoln Forum Book$
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Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds, and Frank J. Williams

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823232260

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823232260.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
The Lincoln Assassination

Harold Holzer

Craig L. Symonds

Frank J. Williams

Fordham University Press

This introductory chapter begins with brief discussions of Lincoln's assassination and how few historians have attempted to show how Americans responded to the crisis at the time. It then sets out the purpose of the book, which is to shed light on the public, judicial, and memorial reaction to Lincoln's death—reactions that, for better or for worse, helped forge, and still largely sustain, the indefatigable Lincoln legend. It explores the legal, cultural, political, and even emotional consequences of the assassination. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, assassination, Civil War, death

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