Abraham Lincoln's Execution

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John Wiles Booth- just a tool in the hands of Andrew Johnson and Edwin Stanton? The author argues that Lincoln's very lenient Reconstruction policies for the South led to a conspiracy by Edwin Stanton, secretary of war, Andrew Johnson, vice-president, and high-ranking radical members of Congress to order his 'execution.' They were motivated by a desire for power but they also opposed Lincoln's recently announced program of amnesty for the South. The author presents compelling evidence that Booth was not shot down but in fact escaped, thanks to his collaboration with Johnson and Stanton. This is an excellent and timely rebuttal to the recent popular book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearn Goodwin, who claims that Lincoln mastered his cabinet and was able to gain the respect of its discordant members.
ISBN: 9781589803954
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Images: 25
Pages: 464
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Lincoln's assassination has been sort of a lifetime hobby of mine, and I've always been somewhat suspicious of the official version of events. I decided, therefore, to begin my own investigation and to follow the evidence where it might lead me. --Dr. John Chandler Griffin Dr. John Chandler Griffin was born in McColl, South Carolina, in 1936, during the Great Depression, to a seventeen-year-old mother and an unemployed twenty-one-year-old father. When he was a year old, his mother almost died from pneumonia and was extremely ill for months afterward. During that time he lived with his paternal grandmother. When his mother recovered, he refused to go home and lived with his grandmother until he finished high school. In high school he excelled as a quarterback and was granted a scholarship to Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. However, in college he focused more on poker than on his studies, and he soon dropped out, joining the Eighty-second Airborne Division. When he left the service--where he discovered he enjoyed writing after penning so many long letters home--he entered Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah and majored in English. He was granted an assistantship at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster, where he completed his Ph.D. and was offered a job as assistant professor upon graduation. Eventually he became a full professor and retired in 1998. That same year he was awarded the honorary title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus and was named to the Order of the Silver Crescent by Gov. Jim Hodges. While teaching, Dr. Griffin wrote the weekly sports column Where Are They Now? for the State newspaper in Columbia and the Observer in Charlotte and wrote six books about college football. His 1996 biography of Thomas Wolfe won the History Book of the Year Award from the North Carolina Historical Society, and his 2001 biography of noted black author Jean Toom won the Adele Mellen Award. Dr. Griffin is a member of his local Sons of Confederate Veterans camp, and he and his wife are members of the First Baptist Church in Lancaster, South Carolina. They have one daughter and two granddaughters.
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