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an inquiry into the assassination of ABRAHAM LINCOLN
an inquiry into the assassination of ABRAHAM LINCOLN Author:Emmett McLoughlin April 14, 1965 - the centennial of the most tragic moment in American history- and the assassination of President Lincoln remains enshrouded in mystery. — Who killed the Great Emancipator? Every schoolboy thinks he knows the answer: John Wilkes Booth. And many know that there were several conspirators, some of whom paid with their lives for the ... more »crime, while others were imprisoned. But the mystery remains: who was behind the assassination? what was the motive for the crime?
The library of works around the assassination of Lincoln is voluminous. It is part of the entire literature of the Civil War, the most written-about event in American history. Was the plot engineered by members of the President's cabinet? By Vice-President Johnson? By the leaders of the defeated confederacy?
All these and other aspects of the death of Lincoln have been investigated and the role of every important individual and group in this country has been subjected to searching inquiry. All, that is, except one. A stone wall of silence and taboo surrounds the story of the part played by the Roman Catholic church in the conspiracy, the event itself, and its tragic aftermath.
It is this mystery that ex-priest Emmett McLoughlin probes, in this provocative and important study. He has gone to original sources, searched the faded newspaper files of the 1860's, looked into court records and other long-buried documents.
The result is light where before there was darkness. And the result is an important contribution not only to American history, but to the relationship of a foreign-dominated church to the American democratic process.« less