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The Darkest Dawn : Lincoln, Booth, and the Great American Tragedy

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"While waves of laughter echoed through the theater, James Ferguson kept his eyes focused on Abraham Lincoln. Although the president joined the crowd with a `hearty laugh,' his interest seemingly lay more with someone below. With his right elbow resting on the arm of his chair and his chin lying carelessly on his hand, Lincoln parted one of the flags nearby that he might see better."As the laughter subsided, Harry Hawk stood on the stage alone with his back to the presidential box. Before he could utter another word, a sharp crack sounded. As the noise echoed throughout the otherwise silent theater, many thought that it was part of the play. But just as quickly, most knew it was not." -from Chapter Twelve"Among the hundreds of books published about the assassination of our 16th president, this is an exceptional volume.... [It captures] a you-are-there feeling...." -Frank J. Williams, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, founding Chair of The Lincoln Forum, and member of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial CommissionIt was one of the most tragic events in American history: The famous president, beloved by many, reviled by some, murdered while viewing a play at Ford's Theater in Washington. The frantic search for the perpetrators. The nation in mourning. The solemn funeral train. The conspirators brought to justice. Coming just days after the surrender of the Confederate Army at Appomattox, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln has become etched in the national consciousness like few other events. The president who had steered the nation through its bloodiest crisis was cut down before the end, just as it appeared that the bloodshed was over. The story has been told many times, but rarely with the immediacy of The Darkest Dawn. Thomas Goodrich brings to his narrative the care of the historian and the flair of the fiction writer. The result is a gripping account, filled with detail and as fresh as today's news.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 376 pages
  • 142.2 x 221 x 27.9mm | 567g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 20 b&w photos
  • 0253218896
  • 9780253218896

About Thomas Goodrich

Thomas Goodrich is author of Black Flag (IUP, 1995) and The Day Dixie Died: Southern Occupation, 1865-1866 (with Debra Goodrich). He lives in Topeka, Kansas.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceIPrologue: The Omen1. Three Electric Words2. The White City3. The Last Man4. Star of Glory5. The President and the Player6. Sic Semper Tyrannis7. Towards an Indefinite Shore8. The Clown and the Sphinx9. One Bold ManII10. A Night to Remember11. Terror on Lafayette Park12. The Last Bullet13. Murder in the Streets14. A Spirit So Horrible15. The Darkest Dawn16. Hemp and Hell17. This Sobbing Day18. Black Easter19. A Double Disaster20. In Dungeons Dreadful21. The Wrath of God and Man22. The Curse of Cain23. The Mid-week Sabbath24. Oh! Abraham Lincoln!25. The Fox and the Hounds26. Blade of Fate27. The Bad Hand28. The Hate of Hate29. The Heart of Israel30. Dust to DustIII31. Old Scores32. The Living Dead33. The Most Dreadful Fate34. Beads on a StringEpilogue: The Haunted StageAcknowledgmentsNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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"At a time when the teaching of American history is largely abandoned, it is hard to imagine a more significant or rewarding book than this one, for adults and students alike... [It] moves at high speed, is tremendously exciting, and true to the core. It is a priceless observation of America at a time of horrendous challenge. Thomas Goodrich deserves high praise for his achievement." The Washington Times "Among the hundreds of books published about the assassination of our 16th president, this is an exceptional volume." --Frank J. Williams, founding chair of The Lincoln Forumshow more

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