The Assassination of Lincoln

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Inside Ford's Theatre, John Wilkes Booth shot the 16th president of the United States.

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1 Season, 9 Episodes
February 16, 2009
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The Assassination of Lincoln
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The Assassination of Lincoln Full Episode Guide

  • Outspoken historian David Eisenbach delves into Lincoln's private life and reveals that the Great Emancipator was a racist, had trouble with women, and actually enjoyed sleeping with men.

  • Was Abraham Lincoln's lifelong anguish the driving force behind his ultimate transcendence to America's most beloved President? Award-winning director Vikram Jayanti takes a look through Lincoln's eyes on his last day.

  • Scholars and historians examine how our country's most beloved president became so mythologized.

  • Uncover the events, myths, and misconceptions leading up to Lincoln's assassination, untangle its myths and misconceptions, and explore the emotional state of the country that precipitated such an act of violence.

  • Historians, biographers, and researchers explore, defend, and debunk the conspiracies surrounding John Wilkes Booth's assassination of President Lincoln in 1865.

  • A look at the Civil War's final days, which forever changed the war's end and the nation's new beginning.

  • John Wilkes Booth, "the handsomest man in America," was the epitome of success: a famous, wealthy, wildly popular stage actor. Yet, in April 1865, Booth put a bullet through Abraham Lincoln's head.

  • It was the largest manhunt in history: 10,000 federal troops, detectives, and police untangling a vast conspiracy to track down the man responsible for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

  • Eleven years after Abraham Lincoln's assassination, a band of Chicago counterfeiters plotted to steal his body and hold it for ransom, setting in motion a cringe-inducing chain of events.