Mourning Lincoln Signed Book
- By Martha Hodes
- Signed by the author
- Hardcover: 408 pages
- ISBN: 9780300195804
The news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 15, 1865, just days after Confederate surrender, astounded the war-weary nation. Massive crowds turned out for services and ceremonies. Countless expressions of grief and dismay were printed in newspapers and preached in sermons. Public responses to the assassination have been well chronicled, but this book is the first to delve into the personal and intimate responses of everyday people, Northerners and Southerners, soldiers and civilians, black people and white, men and women, rich and poor.
Through deep and thoughtful exploration of diaries, letters, and other personal writings penned during the spring and summer of 1865, Martha Hodes, one of our finest historians, captures the full range of reactions to the president's death, which are far more diverse than public expressions would suggest. She tells a story of shock, glee, sorrow, anger, blame, and fear.
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