Odyssey: Revisiting William Hanchett's 'Lincoln Murder Conspiracies'

The movement to end slavery once and for all in the United States, which increased dramatically after the 1857 Dred Scott decision, directly led to the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, which remains one of the greatest mysteries in American history. While we know who pulled the trigger—John Wilkes Booth—we don't know with certainty whether Booth's team of conspirators acted on their own as part of a "simple conspiracy" or whether they were partners in a "grand conspiracy" involving, according to scholars such as William Hanchett, either the South or the North. In Hanchett's book The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies, he revisits whether Lincoln's murder was the result of a Confederate hit ordered by President Jefferson Davis or a Union coup orchestrated by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton?

A complete description of the course is in the Odyssey Fall 2018 catalog.

918.154.01 Homewood campus
Thursday, Nov. 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
Cost: $30 (one session)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission; spouse, 50 percent. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-515-8516 for registration details.