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The Booth Brothers: Drama, Fame, and the Death of President Lincoln
The Booth Brothers: Drama, Fame, and the Death of President Lincoln
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Encounter

The Booth Brothers: Drama, Fame, and the Death of President Lincoln

Everyone knows the name of John Wilkes Booth, the notorious zealot who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. Now meet his brother . . . In his lifetime, John Wilkes Booth was an actor who was well known among fans of the theater—well known but less famous and less admired than his brother Edwin. In the 1860s, Edwin Booth ranked among the greatest and most-respected stars of the stage. He lived in New York and sympathized with the Union cause, while his younger brother stomped the streets of Washington, D.C., and raged as the Civil War turned in favor of the North. John fantasized about kidnapping the president, but after the defeat of the Confederacy, he sought deadly vengeance. The night Lincoln attended a performance at Ford’s Theatre, Edwin was far away, knowing nothing of the plot unfolding in the nation’s capital. A gripping, real-life tale of two brothers, both seeking fame—but only one finding infamy.

 
ISBN978-1-5157-7339-9
PublisherCapstone Press
BrandEncounter
Age Level9-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-7
GenreInformational
SubjectHistory
Trim Size6 x 9
Page Count112
LanguageEnglish
Copyright2018
Paperback
Price
$9.95
 


 
 

Reviews

School Library Journal, "Looking at U.S. History Through a Different Lens " - Jennifer Wharton

"This goes beyond the usual exciting and tragic story of Lincoln’s assassination to explain how two brothers, both well-known actors, could diverge so radically, one being a close friend of abolitionists and supporter of the Northern cause and the other to plot numerous dramatic attempts on Lincoln’s life and finally commit the crime for which the Booth name became known. The moment-by-moment account of the assassination plan is broken up by chapters explaining the larger context of the war and considering various perspectives of John Wilkes Booth’s actions. This is a good starting point for students to consider how their own family is affected by political disagreements and how they would face making difficult choices." - School Library Journal, "Looking at U.S. History Through a Different Lens "

December 20, 2017

Kirkus Reviews

"A fact-filled profile of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth." - Kirkus Reviews

July 15, 2017

Rebecca Langston-George

Rebecca Langston-George

Rebecca Langston-George is the author of 12 books including The Booth Brothers: Drama, Fame, and the Death of President Lincoln. She received the Armin R. Schulz Literacy Award from the California Reading Association in 2016 for writing that promotes social justice.  Rebecca lives in Bakersfield, California.

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