School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-Using documented primary sources, Somerlott provides a solid account of this tragic event. He captures the heated atmosphere of Washington, DC, in April 1865, describing the threats and dangers that Lincoln had faced since his election to the presidency of a war-torn nation, Booth's background and obsessive pro-slavery beliefs, and his plot to kill Lincoln and other high-ranking government officials. The shooting and subsequent death of the president is chronicled in detail, as is the assassination's aftermath. The author provides considerable background information, but spends limited time on the differing conspiracy scenarios that have been advanced over the years. Black-and-white photos and reproductions are of average quality. This book is well written and easy to understand, but it joins a crowded field of resources. Michael O'Neal's The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln (Greenhaven, 1991) and Tom Ito's Abraham Lincoln (Lucent, 1996) offer comprehensive discussions about the various conspiracy theories that still surround the assassination. Champ Clark's The Assassination (Time-Life, 1987; o.p.) is an excellent general overview, complete with outstanding illustrative material. Somerlott's title is an additional purchase for libraries that need more material on this topic.-Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO
Discusses the people and events connected with the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, as well as its effect on the history of the United States.
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