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  •  Boothites and the Modern Republic (5+ / 0-)
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    kevinpdx, Ray Pensador, a2nite, native, mookins

    Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction (2012) by Allen C. Guelzo is an excellent and exhaustive study of how the United States won the Civil War but lost Reconstruction.  The rhetoric we hear over and over today arise from an assassin: Sic semper tyrannis!  But most of us don't know Booth's last words: "Useless. Useless."  As far as I know, no monument, South or North, has ever been erected to honor Booth (though the pieces of one private attempt lie in Troy, Alabama).

    Thomas Goodrich (2005) cites Booth's hatred of tyranny, his love of liberty, his passion for the stage, and his sense of drama as the main intertwined elements of his personality.  If these seem familiar to you, no wonder—the right-wing media and the NRA bombard us with them every day.  

    Listen closely whenever you're around hateful ideas, racism, and incendiary language.  Listen closely and in it all you will hear the whispers of Booth and McVeigh.  

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