Sunday, August 16, 2015

Podcast: Historian Martha Hodes on Americans' Responses to the Lincoln Assassination

I am really enjoying my venture in podcasting, which gives me a chance to have stimulating conversations about history with a variety of authors. This month I spoke to Martha Hodes of NYU about her new book Mourning Lincoln

The murder of President Abraham Lincoln, just days after the Union had triumphed in the Civil War, shocked and horrified people across America—it was, in its way, a nineteenth century 9/11. This year, 2015, marks the 150th anniversary of the assassination. Mourning Lincoln is Martha Hodes's exploration of that traumatic event. 

Martha Hodes
She has combed through the private, unfiltered writings of Americans from both North and South to learn how they reacted to news of the assassination. Their responses both reflected how much Lincoln meant to his contemporaries and revealed the profound differences that the Civil War had left unresolved. Click the arrow above to hear my conversation with Martha Hodes about her work; you can also download it at or via Soundcloud.

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