The Conspirator

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Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

Sample Discussion Guide Questions

• How was Lincoln’s assassination portrayed in the film? What would have been handled differently if a similar situation occurred today, considering how medicine, technology, communications and security have changed since the Civil War?

• How were women treated during the Civil War era? How might Mary Surratt’s gender have played into her trial? How might her gender have affected a similar trial these days?

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