Publication Date: March 30, 2010
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In a time when brother was pitted against brother, no family was more divided than the Booths.
The United States has become violently polarized. Political fanaticism divides an embittered populace. A recently elected President—an energizing symbol of change for some, and a harbinger of the downfall of America for others—stands at the center of the turmoil. It is 1865, and John Wilkes Booth is about to assassinate the President of the United States.
From the pen of American historian C.C. Colbert and the brush of French comics master Tanitoc comes a thought-provoking perspective on one of the greatest villains of U.S. History: a killer who was also an actor, a lover, a doubter, and, in his own mind, a patriot.
CATHERINE CLINTON, who writes here under the pseudonym CC Colbert, is a professor of history at Queen's University Belfast specializing in American history with an emphasis on the south. She is also the author of Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom and Mrs. Lincoln: A Life. TANITOC is a French bande dessinee artist, writer and lecturer. He is the author of two graphic novels, and a founder-member of the International Bande Dessinee Society. He is known as a scholar on comics criticism and theory. He has run workshops in France, Ireland, Britain and Japan. He lives in the Loire Valley with his family.