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February 29, 2024

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10 Things You Don’t Know About

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the steady hand of leadership during the Civil War, only to be gunned down in his prime at Ford's Theater. Outspoken historian David Eisenbach delves into Lincoln's private life and reveals that the Great Emancipator was a racist, had trouble with women and actually enjoyed sleeping with men.

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History's Lost & Found

Lincoln Lore

Join us on a historical scavenger hunt, as we track down the most illustrious and elusive objects of all time. It's time uncover the secrets of this popular president. Take a look at the platform that held Lincoln's coffin, discover the hidden truth in Mary Todd Lincoln's letters, track down the Gettysburg address, and even witness the bed on which he died.

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Brad Meltzer’s Decoded

The Lincoln Assassination

Best-selling author Brad Meltzer and his Decoded team examine claims that John Wilkes Booth actually escaped to freedom after murdering President Abraham Lincoln in 1865. The "official" version of events says federal agents cornered Booth and killed him just days after the assassination. But Brad and the team uncover glaring inconsistencies in that 150-year-old account: Why did the authorities hide Booth's body from public view? Why was Booth autopsy's conducted in complete secrecy in the cramped confines of an ironclad gunboat? Searching for answers to these and other troubling questions, the team finds startling evidence that strongly suggests Booth may indeed have lived into old age without ever facing punishment for his crime.

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Civil War Journal

Lincoln and Gettysburg

The story of the great battle's aftermath and the events leading to the dedication of the national cemetery and President Lincoln's immortal Gettysburg Address.

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Conspiracy?

Lincoln Assassination

April 14, 1865--Actor John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in the back of the head at a Washington theater. Days later, Wilkes died in a standoff, and eventually, eight Southern sympathizers were tried for conspiracy. This much we know to be true. But many conspiracy theories arose--pointing to the Confederacy, the Union, and even the Catholic Church! Once again, new theories have sprung up, based on recently found documents and forensic technology. Historian Edward Steers Jr. connects Booth to the Confederate Secret Service in Montreal, which indirectly links him to Jefferson Davis and the Confederate government; while biographer Charles Higham places Booth in a larger conspiracy. Historians, biographers, and researchers, who take issue with Steers and Higham, counter their arguments here.

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Story Feature

The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth

It was the largest manhunt in history--ten thousand federal troops, detectives, and police hunted those responsible for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. The conspiracy was vast--an effort to decapitate the United States government.

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Found

Lincoln's Letter

Dale and Blue examine whether a woman who found a letter hidden behind a picture frame stumbled on a lost piece of Abraham Lincoln correspondence that could be worth up to $1 million dollars.

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Assassinations That Changed the World

The Loner Meets the President

Examines the loner as assassin focusing on Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth, and John Hinckley, who shot Reagan to win actress Jodie Foster's attention.