Analysis Of Stealing Lincoln's Body

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The title of Thomas Craughwell’s novel, about the attempted ransom of President Abraham Lincoln’s body, immediately caught my attention. The novel’s title, Stealing Lincoln’s Body, immediately enticed me and was the first cause of my choice to read the book. I have read many books about the life and assassination of President Lincoln, yet I have never come across even the slightest mention of the plot to steal Lincoln’s body. He was assassinated on April 14, 1865 by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. His untimely death rocked the nation, who had recently ceased the bloody Civil War, and truly put the government’s strength to a test. Eleven years after this tragedy the plot for stealing the famed President’s body from its resting place in Springfield, Illinois was developed and carried through. A group of counterfeiters, under the control of James Kennally, schemed this devious act and decided that once they got the body they would hold it for a hefty ransom. Craughwell takes the reader through the planning and failed execution of the crime as a well as the aftermath of the trial and of the seemingly docile reactions by President’s Lincoln’s wife, son, and of the nation. The main idea of the…show more content…
It gave an interesting point of view of an unknown part of history. The attempted stealing of Lincoln’s body is not very well known by many people. Thomas Craughwell gives the reader an untold story about the much loved President Lincoln. Craughwell’s unbiased writing style gives the reader the full perspective that is necessary to understand the crime. By prefacing the explaining of the crime with a brief history of the corrupt counterfeiting, the reader gets to understand the criminal 's motive for the ransom. I loved every part of this novel. The prologue immediately draws the reader in and makes them want to know more about this unknown part of our nation 's’

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