Book Talks at the National Archives in October
Press Release · Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Washington, DC…The National Archives will present a series of book talks in October. These events are free and open to the public and will be held at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall, and is fully accessible. Please use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW.

The Assassin’s Accomplice:  Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln
Wednesday, October 15, noon, Jefferson Room

Kate Clifford Larson tells the story of Mary Surratt, a little-known participant in the plot to kill Abraham Lincoln, and the first woman ever to be executed by the Federal Government. The Assassin’s Accomplice describes the Lincoln conspiracy through the eyes of its only female participant using interviews, confessions, and court testimony. A book signing will follow the program.

The Last Lincoln Conspirator: John Surratt’s Flight from the Gallows
Wednesday, October 15, 1:30 p.m., Jefferson Room

Despite all that has been written about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, the story of John Surratt—the only conspirator who got away—remains untold and largely unknown. Andrew Jampoler tells what happened to that last conspirator. A book signing will follow the program.

The Black Citizen-Soldiers of Kansas, 1864–1900
Thursday, October 16, 10:45 a.m.–noon, Washington Room

In “The Black Citizen-Soldiers of Kansas, 1864–1900,” Roger Cunningham explores the quest of African American men, most of them former slaves, for inclusion in American society in peacetime and wartime. He recounts the history of black Regular Army soldiers and hundreds of other militiamen and volunteers from the Sunflower State who