Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 517
- Jun 12, 2020 6:00 pm
- 52:28 mins
The Plot to Prevent Lincoln’s Presidency Guest: Josh Mensch, co-author, "The Lincoln Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill America’s 16th President—and Why It Failed" Long before John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln at Ford’s theater, another group tried to assassinate Lincoln and prevent him from ever taking office in the first place. They planned to strike on the train ride to Lincoln’s first inauguration. Robert Smalls, Unsung Civil War Hero Guest: Douglas Egerton, Professor, History, Le Moyne College Historian Douglas Egerton explores the legacy of one Civil War hero you probably haven’t heard of. Robert Smalls was an enslaved man who took over a Confederate ship, freed sixteen other enslaved people, and delivered the ship to the Union. Then he went on to have a fiery legislative career.