Civil War Era Studies
I've taken solace in the fact that Abraham Lincoln died laughing. Sarah Vowell, in her riveting and powerful Assassination Vacation, speaks about how, "it is a comfort of sorts to know that the bullet hit Lincoln mid-guffaw. Considering how the war had weighed on him, at least his last conscious moment was a hoot." [excerpt]
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Rudy, John M. "Sockdologizing: Finally Laughing at the Lincoln Assassination." Interpreting the Civil War: Connecting the Civil War to the American Public (May 14, 2013).