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What if Abraham Lincoln had survived Booth’s bullet?


In The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, Stephen L. Carter, the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park, travels back to Washington, D. C. (then known as Washington City) in April 1865 and imagines what might have happened had Lincoln survived the assassination attempt. The questions, discussion topics, and suggested reading in this guide are designed to enhance your group’s discussion of this fascinating work of alternative history.

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Carter, Stephen L.
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"Review" by , “With an encyclopedic command of period detail...Carter has created an entertaining story rooted in the legal, political and racial conflicts of 19th-century America...Carter’s delight in all this material is infectious. He’s a fantastic legal dramatist, and there’s the constant pleasure of seeing his creation of Washington City in 1867, alive with sounds and smells....History buffs can test their mettle by trying to unwind Carter’s entangling of fact and fiction, but anyone should enjoy this rich political thriller that dares to imagine how events might have ricocheted in a different direction after the Civil War.”
"Review" by , “[T]he best legal thriller so far this year...I’ve liked Carter’s four previous forays into fiction. This one, I loved.”
"Review" by , “Washington readers will get a kick out of comparing Carter’s vivid portrait of late-19th-century DC with the city they know today....But the best thing about sitting down with this rich, often thrilling novel is watching its alternative history unfold.”
"Review" by , “[T]he streets come alive in his vision of Washington...Carter’s tale comes to a conclusion as thrilling and untidy as the actual events that unfolded during the turbulent postwar years.”
"Review" by , “A smart and engaging what-if that has the virtue of being plausible...Abigail makes for a grandly entertaining sleuth.”
"Review" by , “This novel has all the juicy stew of post–Civil War Washington, with the complexities of race, class, and sex mixed in. Carter draws on historical documents and a vivid imagination to render a fascinating mix of murder mystery, political thriller, and courtroom drama....Imaginatively conceived.”
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the bestsellers The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, an electrifying and provocative historical novel set in an alternate history in which Abraham Lincoln survives assassination at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. In this gripping legal and political thriller, Stephen L. Carter imagines what might have happened if Lincoln had lived to face the tumultuous post-war politics of 1865 Washington, D.C., including an impeachment trial for overstepping his Constitutional authority during the Civil War. At the novel’s center is Abigail Canner, a young black woman recently graduated from Oberlin, who is hired by the D.C. law firm that is working on Lincoln’s defense. When one of Lincoln’s lead lawyers is found brutally murdered, Abigail is plunged into a web of intrigue, politics, and conspiracy.
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