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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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Not Everybody Mourned Lincoln's Death

Not Everybody Mourned Lincoln's Death

(p.95) Chapter 3 Not Everybody Mourned Lincoln's Death
The Lincoln Assassination

Thomas P. Lowry

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This chapter shows that some citizens—including, surprisingly, a number of Union soldiers and sailors—were not saddened at all by President Lincoln's passing. In fact, many of them publicly expressed joy over the assassination. Their doing so had legal ramifications, too, for merely expressing satisfaction at Booth's deed often resulted in imprisonment, a fine, or both. The chapter examines seventy-eight long-ignored files in the National Archives involving cases of those tried for rejoicing over Lincoln's death. In such cases, the protections of the First Amendment were overwhelmed by public anger—and by sometimes harsh prosecution—at citizens who would applaud the murder of a president.

Keywords:   Abraham Lincoln, assassination, Union soldiers, sailors, Booth

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