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The Actor and the Assassin, Edwin and John Wilkes Booth

May 6, 2021 at 11:00 AM by Cathy Polovina

We have all heard how the U.S. Civil War pitted brother against brother—and the observation was never more apt than in the dramatic clash between the renowned actor Edwin Booth and his fanatical brother John Wilkes Booth, neither of whom actually served in the war. Join us this month to learn the story of how familial pride and sibling rivalry brought stage triumph to one and historical infamy to the other.

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