Who Ordered the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln? with Mark Croatti


Lifelong Learning LogoCourse Title: Who Ordered the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln?

Instructor:  Mark Croatti

Brought to you by Odyssey   

April 15, 2024 (1 Session)  

Monday,  6 PM ET  

Virtual via Zoom 



Course Description: Mark Croatti will discuss William Hanchett's theories on the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, which remains one of the greatest mysteries in American history. While we know John Wilkes Booth pulled the trigger, we don't know who ordered the assassination, including who made it possible. Did Booth's team act on their own as part of a "simple conspiracy" or were they partners in a "grand conspiracy" involving elements of the Confederate and Union governments? In his 1983 book The Lincoln Murder Conspiracies, William Hanchett revisits the three theories on who gave the order—Booth himself or Confederate President Jefferson Davis, AND whether or not there was Union involvement, as suggested by Otto Eisenschiml in his 1937 classic, Why Was Lincoln Murdered? Hanchett's outstanding book makes a compelling case for all three possibilities. Whether you’re a Civil War buff in general or someone who’s interested in the Lincoln assassination in particular—or simply a fan of the 16th president—you won’t want to miss the compelling new evidence unearthed since both books were published.


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ABOUT Mark L. Croatti

Mark Croatti, MA is a long-time Odyssey instructor and moderator. He teaches history and political science at several Washington-D.C. area universities and has written on American history for Annapolis magazine.

 Event Date
Monday, April 15, 2024
Start Time: 6:00pm EDT
End Time: 8:00pm EDT

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