The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

Produced, Directed and Written by: Barak Goodman
Narrated by: Chris Cooper
Edited by: Sari Gilman
Coordinating Producer: Kristina Cafarella
Associate Producer: Jamila Ephron
Camera: Stephen McCarthy
Original Music: Joel Goodman

As the nation celebrated the end of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. Joy turned to panic as authorities launched the largest manhunt in American history. Unraveling what school children are taught year after year, The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln re-examines the two figures who define the extremes of character: Lincoln, who had the strength to transform suffering into infinite compassion, and Booth, who allowed hatred to curdle into destruction. On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC. Over the next twelve days, as a fractured nation mourned, the largest manhunt ever attempted closed in on his assassin, the twenty-six-year-old renowned actor, John Wilkes Booth. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln, from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Barak Goodman (The Lobotomist, Boy in the Bubble, Kinsey). The 90-minute film features actor Will Patton (Numb3rs, A Mighty Heart) as the voice of the assassin, and is narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper (Seabiscuit, Adaptation). Interviews with the nation's foremost Lincoln scholars recount a great American drama: two tumultuous months when the joy of peace was shattered by the heartache of Lincoln's death. "It was with the assassination that the myth of Abraham Lincoln was born. Lincoln was not universally liked or beloved during his presidency. Millions of people hated him. Once he was assassinated, everything changed," adds James L. Swanson, author of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer and a young adult version of the story, Chasing Lincoln's Killer.

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