Chapter

Introduction

Harold Holzer, Craig L. Symonds and Frank J. Williams

in The Lincoln Assassination

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780823232260
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240784 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823232260.003.0001

Series: The North's Civil War

Introduction

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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

Chapter.  2305 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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