F303 Fall 2018 The Lincoln Assassination: Facts, Fiction, and Frankly Craziness
Tuesdays, 9:40–11:05, Oct. 16–Nov.6
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
Everyone knows John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln at Ford’s Theater at the end of the Civil War, but there’s a lot more to the story, and we will look at different aspects of the assassination to get new perspectives on it.
- Oct. 16: Assassination Basics. In this class, we will look at the events leading up to the assassination, the actual event, Booth’s flight through Maryland and Virginia, the Lincoln funeral, and the trial of the conspirators.
- Oct 23: The Cast of Characters. John Wilkes Booth is well known, but how many people know of Edmund Spangler? Peanut John? Fanny Seward?
- Oct. 30: Conspiracies. So you think Booth acted alone, only supported by a motley crew? Could it be that Lincoln was killed on the orders of Jefferson Davis? Or Secretary of War Stanton? Do you believe that Booth was killed at the Garrett farm? Or did he live to a ripe old age?
- Nov. 6: Media Depictions. Not surprisingly, the Lincoln assassination has been retold in nonfiction books, novels, movies, and even comic books. We will look at some of these works, and students will be provided with a bibliography for further reading and viewing.
has taught a number of OLLI classes in history, baseball, film and literature. He is a member of the Surratt Society (Mary Surratt was hanged for being a co-conspirator in Lincoln’s assassination), attending a number of their conferences and participating in a number of Booth Escape Route tours.