The assassination of Abraham Lincoln

3-4 The assassination of Abraham Lincoln was an act of conspiracy initiated by a small group of fanatics. His assassination gave rise to other conspiracies including cover-up and accusations of others involved in the conspiracy. In an analytical essay drawing on your reading of Blood on the Moon describe the Booth conspiracy; his relationship with Confederate operatives; Booth’s network of supporters in Maryland; his and other conspirators arrest, trial, and conviction; and the development of subsequent conspiracy theories. In your essay distinguish between actual conspiracy and conspiracy theory and how as students of history we can discern the difference.

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