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Constitutes a primary source that contributes to scholarship on Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and nineteenth century theater history The nearly seventy documents include love letters written during the summer of 1864, when Booth was conspiring against Lincoln, explicit statements of Booth s political convictions, and the diary he kept....

Title : Right or Wrong, God Judge Me: The Writings of John Wilkes Booth
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ISBN : 0252069676
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : University of Illinois Press Reprint edition November 15, 2000
Number of Pages : 200 pages
File Size : 790 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Right or Wrong, God Judge Me: The Writings of John Wilkes Booth Reviews

  • James D. Crabtree
    2019-05-21 18:11

    John Wilkes Booth, actor and assassin, did not leave behind a wealth of documents, or at least not many that have survived. Many family members, friends and associates destroyed documents written and signed by Booth following the assassination, and not without reason: in the the aftermath of the attack the nation sought revenge for this ultimate act of treason and many went to prison in indefinite detention for simply knowing the man.

  • mwreview
    2019-05-17 00:51

    "Right or Wrong, God Judge Me" is a fascinating collection of all the known existing hand-written documents left by John Wilkes Booth. Most of his written materials were destroyed by family, friends and acquaintances in the aftermath of Lincoln's assassination for fear that the holders of the documents may be accused of being an accessory to the crime. What is printed here (many for the first time) are those documents left by JWB that managed to be preserved. These materials include letters written to a friend William O'Laughlin (brother of Michael O'Laughlin who was a co-conspirator) when JWB was a teen-ager, poems written in autograph books of fellow actors, information on his theatre work and financial investments written to his business partners, love letters to Isabel Sumner, and a lengthy pro-Union speech intentionally preserved by brother Edwin written only a few days after South Carolina seceded from the Union. In the latter as well as the famous "To Whom It May Concern" letter also published here, JWB explains his sympathy with the southern cause, the influence of watching abolitionist John Brown hanged, his feelings towards his country, his personal views on slavery, etc. Two pocket diary entries written while he was a fugitive (surprised at the negative reaction his deed received from the public) as well as a sarcastic letter written to a doctor who would not help him as he was fleeing authorities on an injured leg are the last entries in this book.

  • Blockade Runner
    2019-04-27 22:53

    Interesting book that provides insight into John Wilkes Booth's perspective through his letters to friends and family members. This book is a compilation of his letters that currently exist. Some of his letters to his former female dalliances were destroyed upon his death.

  • Grandma W-G
    2019-05-18 00:56


  • Kelly Korf
    2019-05-19 21:57

    great book great price