Ephemera Gallery | Abraham Lincoln Papers

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Theory. Practice. Effect. Bickley, Head of the Knights of the Golden Circle. Booth, the Assasin. The Martyr President. [n. p., n. d.] 24.8 x 36.2 cm. Stern Broadside v.4, no. 47. Rare Books and Special Collections Division.

Lafayette Bickley was the leader of a secret organization, the Knights of the Golden Circle, founded in the 1850s with the mission to expand the territory of slave-holding southern states beyond the borders of the United States. Immediately after the assassination, there was speculation that Booth was a member of this organization.

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