The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln

The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln

by Kate Clifford Larson

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Overview

In The Assassin's Accomplice, historian Kate Clifford Larson tells the gripping story of Mary Surratt, a little-known participant in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, and the first woman ever to be executed by the federal government of the United States. Surratt, a Confederate sympathizer, ran the boarding house in Washington where the conspirators-including her rebel son, John Surratt-met to plan the assassination. When a military tribunal convicted her for her crimes and sentenced her to death, five of the nine commissioners petitioned President Andrew Johnson to show mercy on Surratt because of her sex and age. Unmoved, Johnson refused-Surratt, he said, “kept the nest that hatched the egg.” Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, The Assassin's Accomplice tells the intricate story of the Lincoln conspiracy through the eyes of its only female participant. Based on long-lost interviews, confessions, and court testimony, the text explores how Mary's actions defied nineteenth-century norms of femininity, piety, and motherhood, leaving her vulnerable to deadly punishment historically reserved for men. A riveting narrative account of sex, espionage, and murder cloaked in the enchantments of Southern womanhood, The Assassin's Accomplice offers a fresh perspective on America's most famous murder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465024476
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 493,506
File size: 979 KB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Kate Clifford Larson teaches history at Simmons College. Her first book, Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, was described as “brilliant” (Smithsonian Magazine), “astonishingly good, a better debut than any author has the right to wish for” (Dallas Morning News), and “an extraordinary achievement” (Baltimore Sun). Larson lives in Winchester, Massachusetts.

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