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"Deconstructing the American Assassin: The Life and Death of John Wilkes Booth"
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 7:00pm

• Why did popular American actor John Wilkes Booth become more committed to the Confederate cause in the days leading up to General Lee's surrender at Appomatox?



• What prompted his fateful visit to Ford's Theater on the evening of April 14, 1865 and why did Booth change his original plans from kidnapping and holding President Lincoln for ransom to assassination in an all-out attempt at a bloody coup?



These questions and more will be examined in this special FOH viewing of the documentary "John Wilkes Booth: Assassin in the Spotlight” and discussion of James Swanson's 2006 book "Manhunt."



When: Wednesday, March 18th, 2009
Where:  PortlandStateUniversity, Cramer Hall, room 494 (1721 SW Broadway)
Time:  7:00 pm


Cost:  Free and open to the public



For more information, call (503) 725-3917.


Sponsored by the PSU Friends of History as a special event commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln 1809-2009.