John Wilkes Booth: The Making of an Assassin

On this Saturday, April 23, 2022, I will be giving a speech for the Surratt Society’s Annual Conference. Like last year, the conference will be virtual and done online over Zoom. There is no fee and everyone is invited to watch even if you’re not a member of the Surratt Society (which you really should be if you read my blog). The conference will start at 2:00 pm EDT with a business meeting by the executive board of the Surratt Society. My speech will follow immediately thereafter.

My speech is entitled John Wilkes Booth: The Making of An Assassin. It will cover the early years of Booth’s life, from his birth on the family farm of Tudor Hall until right up to his crime at Ford’s Theatre. We will specifically look at some of the pivotal moments in Booth’s life that impacted his worldview and radicalized him into becoming America’s first presidential assassin. After the speech there will be a question and answer session.

In order to join the virtual conference on April 23rd, you do have to RSVP ahead of time on the Surratt Society’s website. They will then email you the Zoom link so you can tune in. You can register for the event here:

I hope to see some of you on Saturday!


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