The news of Abraham Lincoln's assassination on April 15, 1865, just days after Confederate surrender, astounded a war-weary nation. Massive crowds turned out for services and ceremonies. Countless expressions of grief and dismay were printed in newspapers and preached in sermons. Public responses to the assassination have been well chronicled, but this book is the first to delve into the personal and intimate responses of everyday people-northerners...
367 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Drawing on deep archival research, childhood memories, and conversations with relatives, friends, and fellow hostages, a noted historian, a passenger on an airliner hijacked by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in 1970, sets out to understand both what happened in the Jordan desert and her own fractured family and childhood pain.