Alex Christian Lucas, Assassin in the Crescent City, The Untold Story of John Wilkes Booth on His Only Visit to New Orleans in the Spring of 1864
Was Booth fully radicalized into the Confederate cause during his time in New Orleans? This thesis examines the personal problems and failures Booth experienced in the months leading up to President Lincoln’s assassination, specifically during his time in New Orleans, to explore how they contributed to his turning from struggling actor to Confederate assassin.
John Wilkes Booth’s time in New Orleans brought several major issues in his life to the forefront of his consciousness, which all potentially culminated to spur his subsequent radicalization: his constant public comparison to his family and its legacy, his faltering stage career, his troubles with financial security, and his perception of oppression of the Confederate South, which he adored and defended incessantly.
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