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By George R. Dekle Sr.

ISBN-10: 1440830509

ISBN-13: 9781440830501

Even after the legendary components are got rid of, the genuine tale of Abraham Lincoln and the Almanac Trial is a compelling story of court drama that comprises subject matters of friendship and loyalty. Abraham Lincoln's most famed Case: The Almanac Trial units the list instantly: it examines how the twin myths of the dramatic cross-examination and the cast almanac got here to be, describes how Lincoln really gained the case, and establishes how Lincoln's habit on the trial used to be above reproach.

The booklet outlines 3 conflicting models of the way Lincoln received the Almanac Trial—with a dramatic cross-examination; with an impassioned ultimate argument; or with a cast almanac—and then strains the transformation of those 3 tales over the many years as they have been retold within the types of crusade rhetoric, biography, historical past, and felony research. After the writer exposes the inaccuracies of earlier makes an attempt to inform the tale of the trial, he refers to basic assets to...

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The examination of witnesses for the State was begun, and a well-arranged mass of evidence, incidental and positive, was introduced, which seemed to impale the prisoner beyond the possibility of extrication. The counsel for the defense propounded but few questions, and those of a character which excited no uneasiness on the part of the prosecutor—merely, in most cases, requiring the main witness to be definite as to time and place. When the evidence of the prosecution was ended, Lincoln introduced a few witnesses to remove some erroneous impressions in regard to the previous character of his client, who, though somewhat rowdyish, had never been known to commit a vicious act; and to show that a greater degree of ill-feeling existed between the accuser and accused than the accused and the deceased.

An eyewitness identifies Lincoln’s client as the killer. The eyewitness claims to have seen the accused strike the fatal blow by the light of the moon high overhead. Lincoln wins an acquittal by using an almanac to discredit the testimony of the accuser. Over the next two chapters we will trace the transformation of our three pictures of Lincoln as the story of the trial was told and retold over the decades. We will begin with a study of the earliest nineteenth-century sources, almost none of which qualify as serious scholarship.

The Famous Cross-Examination 12. The Misplaced Moon 13. Winning the Almanac Trial 14. Was Armstrong Guilty? Appendix A: The Statements of the Major Participants Appendix B: Selected Documents from the Armstrong Court File Appendix C: The Oral History of the Armstrongs Notes Selected Bibliography Index Preface Ecclesiastes 12:12 says that “of the making of many books there is no end,” and those words seem to describe the situation with the literature on our sixteenth president. The flow of books about Abraham Lincoln began almost immediately upon the heels of his death, and it continues unabated to this day.

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