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Robert Redford Takes on Lincoln’s Assassination

Released on the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination, a new film directed by Robert Redford centers on the tension between civil liberties and national security. 

NPR has called Robert Redford’s new film “a dramatized lecture on civil liberties.” The Conspirator centers on the case of Mary Surratt, who ran the Washington D.C. boarding house where John Wilkes Booth stayed. Surratt was tried and convicted for her role in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and was the first woman executed by the U.S. federal government. 


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