1. Bringing Details to the Big Screen

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    Academy Award-winning director Robert Redford, talks about bringing little-known historical details to the big screen in this clip from the DVD extras of the Civil War drama The Conspirator. Clip courtesy of the American Film Company.

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    • Family of Assassins: The Surratts of Maryland by David O. Stewart

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      Everyone knows about John Wilkes Booth, the man who killed Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865. But what about Mary Surratt, the boardinghouse keeper who "kept the nest that hatched the egg" of assassination and was the first woman executed by the United States government? Or her son John, a Confederate courier and boon companion to Booth, who fled through Canada and Britain to Vatican City, ending up as a Papal Zouave until he was chased across the Mediterranean and hauled back to face a Washington, D.C., jury that deadlocked and set him free? David O. Stewart, author of several works of American history, will trace the authentic checkered career of this notorious family, who also feature prominently in his first historical novel, The Lincoln Deception, which explores unanswered questions about the Lincoln assassination conspiracy.

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