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The Booth Family: American Theatre and the Civil War

Young Junius Brutus Booth already had a sterling reputation as an actor in London when he ran away to America with his lover in 1821. Beginning his American career at Richmond's Marshall Theater, he swept his new country off its feet. Fathering ten children, he kept the public ignorant of his marital status until his English wife arrived to sue for divorce thirty years later. On the thirteenth birthday of their favorite son, John WIlkes, Junius and Mary Ann were finally married. At the same time, son Edwin was already beginning his career as the greatest of all American actors.  This complicated family dynamic was the catalyst for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Our course will trace the interlacing threads inextricably binding the Booths to American theatre and Civil War history.

Instructor Bio:

With an MFA from the University of Georgia and a PhD from the University of Michigan, both in Theatre, James Cramer has a great deal of experience teaching theatre, writing plays, directing, and acting. For the past five years he has been researching the Booth family as central characters in his recently completed novel, A Chance of War.

Recommended Reading:

Titone, Nora and Goodwin, Doris Kearnes. My Thoughts Be Bloody, 2011. Kauffman, Michael W. American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies, 2005. Clarke, Asia Booth. John Wilkes Booth; A Sister's Memoir, 1999.       

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B603 James Cramer Apr 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15 Tu 1:00-2:30 p.m. Brightview Baldwin Park A

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