July 05, 2009

Dry Run

According to Prof. Dan Feller of the Jackson Papers project at the University of Tennessee, PBS’s “History Detectives” program will run an episode on Monday, July 6 about a letter from Junius Brutus Booth to then-president Andrew Jackson.  The episode will feature the Jackson Papers staff’s conclusion that far from a pseudonymous prank, the letter is authentic:  John Wilkes Booth’s father did threaten to kill President Andrew Jackson.  The letter is dated July 4, 1835.

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