Episode #36 John Wilkes Booth, the Lincoln Assassination, and Public History with Dave Taylor
Well if you're unfamiliar with the term "Boothie" now's your chance to learn something new...and quite fascinating. Dave is indeed a self-styled Boothie. Once a derogatory term used to dismiss those who studied Lincoln's assassin, he's reclaimed it and has dedicated his historical pursuits to the study of the man and the conspiracy - as part of a serious scholarly effort to add to the comprehensive narrative of the nation's martyred president.
What is compelling about the study of John Wilkes Booth
Why past scholars have looked down upon Booth studies
Americans (or everybody, really) and their fascination with murders and murder mysteries
The John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tour
The significance of public history
My least favorite Civil War era film ever, The Conspirator
Mary Surratt - was she unfairly executed?
As always, I ask my guests to recommend some must-read material...and Dave offers three: American Brutus by Michael W. Kauffman, John Wilkes Booth Day by Day by Arthur F. Loux, and Fortune's Fool by Terry Alford and for your viewing pleasure, we should certainly have a look at Tom Ford's 1936 film, The Prisoner of Shark Island, which (sort of) tells the story of Dr. Samuel Mudd - who some feel was complicit in the assassination conspiracy.