|Rendering of the assassination attempt|
from the National Police Gazette (April 22, 1865)
Whew! This sounds like it could be a movie. When we called Maggie's sister to confirm that we weren't just sleeping through our history classes, Maria spewed out the information about the assassination plot. We momentarily felt a bit stupid until Maria told us that she had just watched "The Conspirator," a 2011 Robert Redford film about the Lincoln assassination and the later trial featuring James McAvoy, Robin Penn Wright, Tom Wilkinson, and Kevin Kline. Something to add to my Netflix queue!
All in all, the afternoon was an exciting adventure in history and a look at the ways that people worked to make our country great. (Imagine me waving a flag at this point.) The exhibit about the Underground Railroad in the Seward House included a placard about what you can do to help make a difference. The answer is simple: get out and vote.