Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre

Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre

by Thomas A. Bogar

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Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre by Thomas A. Bogar

John Wilkes Booth is known for one thing—assassinating America's sixteenth president, Abe Lincoln. But what don't we know? Who helped him—and who tried to stop him? Thomas A. Bogar reveals a thrilling narrative behind the cast and crew of Ford's Theatre and their relations with the infamous actor in Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621573203
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 03/23/2015
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 377
Sales rank: 548,473
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 4.30(d)

About the Author


Thomas A. Bogar holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History/Criticism/Literature from Louisiana State University. He has taught theatre for forty years, most recently at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia and Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. He is also the author of John E. Owens (2002), American Presidents Attend the Theatre (2006), and numerous journal articles. He has served as a judge for Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes Theatre Awards, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Table of Contents

The Forty-Six Actors, Managers, and Stagehands xiii

Note about Theatrical Terms xvii

Preface xix

Chapter 1 "Is John Booth Crazy?" 1

Chapter 2 "A Hotbed of Spies and Seditious Plots" 9

Chapter 3 "It Is a Lottery, This Profession of Ours" 31

Chapter 4 "Our American Cousin" 53

Chapter 5 "The Handsomest Man in Washington!" 71

Chapter 6 "Have You Got the Key?" 87

Chapter 7 "I Guess I Know Enough to Turn You Inside Out" 103

Chapter 8 "Burn the Damned Place Dow!" 117

Chapter 9 "One of the Last Places to Which a Good Man Should Go" 135

Chapter 10 "Dreadful Uncertainty" 157

Chapter 11 "Ignorance and Innocence" 179

Chapter 12 "Good Bye. Sometimes Think of Me." 199

Chapter 13 "Actors, in Order to Live, Must Go On with Their Business" 219

Chapter 14 "To Open All My Wounds Afresh" 241

Chapter 15 "The Merest Shadows of Truth" 263

Epilogue: "Walking Shadows" 275

Acknowledgments 293

Notes 297

Bibliography 329

Index 353

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Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination: The Untold Story of the Actors and Stagehands at Ford's Theatre 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
BACKSTAGE AT THE LINCOLN ASSASSINATION: THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE ACTORS AND STAGEHANDS AT FORD'S THEATRE by Thomas A. Bogar is an interesting History set during the Civil War era. April 14,1865 was the date the "shot was heard around the theate". This is the date President Abraham Lincoln was fatally shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre. This is the untold story.... This is the day lives where changed forever, both on stage and off. A true-life thriller. Mr. Bogar shines the light on many questions about this date, April 14. With his research Mr. Bogar has stunning details involving more that Booth's involvement in the assassination, there where more than a few suspects both inside and outside the Ford Theatre on that fateful day in history. There have been many books written on this topic, but few if any written on the actors, and stagehands who where present at Ford's Theatre. I was held spell-bound with this knowledge, the facts, and the historical research in writing such an undertaking. Well done! I would highly suggest this title, if your are a history buff, enjoy Civial War history, and/or the history of the assassination of President Lincoln. A new and fresh look at the "shot heard around the theatre". Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: NONE REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More