These next few years are loaded with Civil War-era fiction and non-fiction as we commemorate the 150th anniversary. The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln takes an alternate look at what could have happened had the president not been assassinated. Part mystery, part social commentary and part political thriller, Stephen Carter takes us to two years from when Lincoln survived the assassination attempt of John Wilkes Booth, and now faces an impeachment trial because of charges for overstepping his Constitutional authority. An absolutely fascinating read:
Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.” And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself. But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government.
Here is a vividly imagined work of historical fiction that captures the emotional tenor of post–Civil War America, a brilliantly realized courtroom drama that explores the always contentious question of the nature of presidential authority, and a galvanizing story of political suspense.