By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
A riveting historic narrative of the heart-stopping occasions surrounding the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and the 1st paintings of background from mega-bestselling writer invoice O'Reilly
The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts essentially the most dramatic tales in American history—how one gunshot replaced the rustic perpetually. within the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil warfare eventually involves an finish after a chain of more and more harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's beneficiant phrases for Robert E. Lee's hand over are devised to satisfy Lincoln's dream of therapeutic a divided state, with the previous Confederates allowed to reintegrate into American society. yet one guy and his band of murderous accomplices, probably attaining into the top ranks of the U.S. executive, usually are not appeased.
In the midst of the patriotic celebrations in Washington D.C., John Wilkes Booth—charismatic ladies' guy and impenitent racist—murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. A livid manhunt ensues and sales space instantly turns into the country's so much sought after fugitive. Lafayette C. Baker, a sensible yet shifty manhattan detective and previous Union secret agent, unravels the string of clues resulting in sales space, whereas federal forces music his accomplices. The exciting chase leads to a fiery shootout and a chain of court-ordered executions—including that of the 1st lady ever finished via the U.S. executive, Mary Surratt. that includes a few of history's such a lot amazing figures, vibrant aspect, and page-turning motion, Killing Lincoln is background that reads like a mystery.
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With that assistance I cannot fail. Trusting in Him, who can go with me, and remain with you and be everywhere for good, let us confidently hope that all will yet be well. To His care commending you, as I hope in your prayers you will commend me, I bid you an affectionate farewell. On February 18, Jefferson Davis took his oath of office on the steps of the state capitol at Montgomery, then addressed the big, festive crowd. Our present political position has been achieved in a manner unprecedented in the history of nations.
Persuaded that the Constitution forbade presidential action against slavery where it already existed, Lincoln was nonetheless pledged to halt its further spread. “On that point,” he told his supporters, “hold firm, as with a chain of steel. ” South Carolina warned that she would secede from the Union if a President so pledged were elected. Douglas conducted a strenuous stump campaign—the first in presidential history—while his rivals remained discreetly silent, but his party was hopelessly divided.
But the Civil War defined us as what we are and it opened us to being what we became, good and bad things. And it is very necessary, if you’re going to understand the American character in the twentieth century, to learn about this enormous catastrophe of the nineteenth century. It was the crossroads of our being, and it was a hell of a crossroads: the suffering, the enormous tragedy of the whole thing. Like so many others, we were drawn to that crossroads: brought back to the words and images those who lived through it left behind, to the mire of questions and myths, to the brutality and heroism of the four-year struggle that defines us as a people.
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