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Assassin's Accomplice by Kate Clifford Larson
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Jan 14, 09

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This was a well written, interesting history of Mary Surratt who was the first woman hanged in the United States. The book illustrates the conflicting sentiments of the public prior to her hanging and following. Prior to her execution, the public vilified Mrs. Surratt as one of the co-conspirators of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination as evidence of her complicity was presented at court. However, public sentiment turned drastically as society was appalled at the execution of a woman. The book also provides documentation showing the poor legal representation that Mrs. Surratt was afforded. As is the usual, the actual answer as to whether Mrs. Surratt was guilty will continue to be debated and will remain unanswered. It’s all in the interpretation.
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