Document Type

Podcast

Publication Date

12-3-2012

Abstract

"One bullet killed the President, but not one man." Immediately following the assassination of Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth, eight alleged members of the conspiracy were put on trial before a military council for the murder. One woman, Mrs. Mary E. Surratt, was tried and convicted, sentenced as the first woman in America to hang for her crime. Considering depictions of Mary Surratt in the press during and immediately after the trial and execution, as well as modern day portrayals such as the Robert Redford film 'The Conspirator,' what does Mary Surratt's role say about women immediately following the Civil War?

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