This is a story that has intrigued me for years. So glad Susan Higginbotham is the author who took it on again. She does everything beautifully. This blog post was written by Sharon Bennett Connolly, fellow blogger. If you have middle schoolers, this story is interwoven into Ann Rinaldi’s great YA novel An Acquaintance With Darkness. Read them both!
In 1864 Washington, one has to be careful with talk of secession. Better to speak only when in the company of the trustworthy, like Mrs. Surratt. A widow who runs a small boarding house, Mary Surratt isn’t half as committed to the cause as her son, Johnny. If he s not escorting veiled spies, he s inviting home men like John Wilkes Booth, the actor who is even more charming in person than he is on the stage. But when President Lincoln is killed, the question of what Mary knew becomes more important than anything else. Based on the true history of Mary Surratt, Hanging Mary reveals the untold story of those on the other side of the assassin’s gun.
Hanging Mary is a wonderfully deep, thought-provoking book which transports you back to 19th century Washington and walks you through the months leading up to the Lincoln Assassination, the…
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