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Abraham Lincoln's Most Famous Case by George R. Dekle Sr.

By George R. Dekle Sr.

Even after the legendary parts are got rid of, the real tale of Abraham Lincoln and the Almanac Trial is a compelling story of court docket drama that comprises issues of friendship and loyalty. Abraham Lincoln's most renowned Case: The Almanac Trial units the list immediately: it examines how the twin myths of the dramatic cross-examination and the solid almanac got here to be, describes how Lincoln really received the case, and establishes how Lincoln's habit on the trial used to be above reproach.

The ebook outlines 3 conflicting types of the way Lincoln gained the Almanac Trial—with a dramatic cross-examination; with an impassioned ultimate argument; or with a solid almanac—and then strains the transformation of those 3 tales over the many years as they have been retold within the different types of crusade rhetoric, biography, background, and criminal research. After the writer exposes the inaccuracies of past makes an attempt to inform the tale of the trial, he refers to basic resources to...

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9 The sheriff, James Dick, said Lincoln had handed him the almanac during a recess and asked Dick to hold it until it was called for. Lincoln’s detractors sought to add weight to the bogus almanac claim by using Dick’s testimony to suggest chicanery. Why had Lincoln handed the almanac to Dick if not to deflect suspicion from himself if the forgery were discovered? Dick’s inability to remember whether the almanac was for 1857 or some other year compounded the suspicion. 10 When Lincoln produced the almanac, the prosecutors sent for another to compare with it, and none could be found in the courthouse.

Just as there are three names for the grove in which the killing occurred, there are three versions of what happened in the trial. It seems there are at least three versions of every event in Lincoln’s life. What really happened at the trial? What really happened that night in Walker’s Grove? The scenario set forth earlier in this chapter recites the facts in the light most favorable to the prosecution. It may not set them forth with complete accuracy, and you would be accurate to say that they are not complete.

Often recorded years or decades after the events they describe, these reminiscences can be colored by nostalgia, influenced by other people’s accounts of the same event, and refracted through their later attitudes toward the participants. 21 Exclusionary rules often mechanically reject perfectly reliable evidence. Exclusionary rules have no place in historical investigation, and we do not a priori reject any relevant evidence. We may reject it if we weigh it and find it wanting, but first we must weigh it.

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