HISTORY BUFFS: What is your opinion?
If the conspiracy against Lincoln had been fully realized, who would have become president, and what might the outcome have been?
- CarolOklaNolaLv 76 months ago
You seem to forget the order if succession wasn't part of the constitutional amendments until after JFK was assassinated. You can do as much alternate history as you want, even become a prize winning alternate history series author like Harry Turtledove (South won the Civil War) ir Eric Flint and co authors changing European history from 1632 on, but it is still fantasy, fiction, make believe.
History gets rewritten all the time. Memories are faulty and biased. As primary, secondary and tertiary witnesses die and materials degrade are misplaced or lost and technology becomes outdated, the fine details if history get lost. Those of us who were in our teens and early twenties during the Apollo MANNED moon landings and 9 years old during the Cuban Missile Crisis are now in our 60s and 70s. We are DYING. Our legacies live on in the memories of the people whose lives we touched, but their memories are selective and can be inaccurate, altered because of trauma. "Truth" is SUBJECTIVE.
- exactdukeLv 76 months ago
Same as now - Speaker of the House. Booth must have been delusional to think that the war would start up again after Lincoln & the VP were dead. After 4 years of brutal war, one quarter of their draftable men dead, their economy & society in a shambles Southerners were exhausted. And were not anxious to go to war again.
Booth made things infinitely worse for the defeated Southern states. Lincoln would have managed reconstruction much better than the inept Johnson.
- bluLv 76 months ago
Booth and his conspirators plotted to not only kill Lincoln, but Grant, Secretary of State William Seward and Vice President Andrew Johnson. Grant’s unexpected departure removed him as a target, and George Atzerodt lost his nerve and failed to follow through on his assignment to slay Johnson at his residence in the Kirkwood House hotel. At the same time Booth shot Lincoln, Lewis Powell stormed Seward’s house and repeatedly stabbed the cabinet member, who was bedridden after a near-fatal carriage accident. Seward somehow survived the savage attack.
Had Jonson been slain the order of succession makes Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax (R) president.
If you want to project what president Colfax would have done, read about him here:
I think he eventually became a VP if that helps.
- Anonymous6 months ago
There were several conspiracies, which one are you thinking of?